How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016It’s the time of year we’re thankful for our AC. There’s nothing much more satisfying than walking into a nice, brisk house after being out in the sweltering heat. If you find that your system is not getting your home cool enough, there could be various reasons. It might be oddly hot outside, or may be stalled filters or dirty coils, or even your thermostat. But, it could possibly be that the system is low on refrigerant. There are some clues you can look out for to let you know that your refrigerant is running low and that it’s time to call in a professional for air conditioner service. Higher Utility Bills An air conditioner that is lacking refrigerant will have to be on longer in effort to cool the interior. This results in higher utility bills. If you’ve seen abnormally high bills it could be time to contact someone in to check out your air conditioner. Ice Buildup or Water If you notice any ice on your exterior AC unit, there’s a probability that there’s trouble. When you’re low on refrigerant, your system’s evaporator coil will get too cold and the humidity near your refrigerant line will freeze. This could lead to compressor issues. If your compressor becomes damaged, and it’s not under warranty, it’s may be more cost effective to change out the complete outside unit. Your Home Isn’t Cool If your unit is taking longer than it typically does to cool your home or if it’s not maintaining the temperature set on your thermostat, your best bet is to have your system checked out. There are various things that could be taking place that a technician would be able to diagnose. If you’re worried you may be running low on refrigerant, it’s essential to get it looked at by the pros. Give us a call and we’ll get you taken care of and keep you cool. You could schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 503-848-3838.