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As Spring Arrives, Watch for These AC Warning Signs!

ac_unitAlthough Spring doesn’t technically start until tomorrow, it’s already nice and warm in Atlanta, and it won’t be long before homeowners are turning on the air conditioning again. We all know how brutally hot and humid the summer will be this year, so it’s important to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is ready to provide you with cool air all summer long.

If you haven’t had your air conditioning serviced in a while, now’s the time, as R.S. Andrews will get busier and busier as the season heats up, and you won’t want to be caught out in the heat without a working AC system.

There are a few signs you can look for to let you know that your AC is on the brink of failure. If you experience any of the following when you turn your system back on this Spring, it’s even more imperative that you call us as soon as possible, as your air conditioning system is likely getting ready to die:

It Takes Forever to Cool

Although you might think it’s just a minor inconvenience, if your air conditioning seems to be taking much longer than it should to cool the air in your home down to a comfortable level, the unit may be near failure. Typically, slow cooling is caused by low levels of coolant, but it can also indicate the presence of rusted or corroded piping, which can mean you need a whole new air conditioning system.

Warm Air Comes Out

Even worse than taking a long time to cool is when an air conditioner won’t even blow cool air at all, but instead blows air that is noticeably warm into the house. Check your thermostat settings carefully to ensure you do in fact have the unit set to cooling, and make sure you have a new, fresh filter in place. If everything looks right and your system is still blowing warm air, it may be on the verge of failure, so you should call R.S. Andrews as soon as possible to schedule an HVAC checkup.

The Unit Cycles Excessively

Air conditioners cycle on and off as needed to maintain a comfortable temperature, but if your unit seems to be cycling on and off constantly, it can indicate that the unit’s thermostat is faulty or malfunctioning. Excessive cycling can also be indicative of inefficient sealing or insulation that’s allowing cool air to escape and warm air to enter the house – which can lead to big energy bills.

Strange Odors

Simply put, your air conditioner should never be giving off any strange smells. If it is, you should call R.S. Andrews right away to come take a look, as strange smells tend to be indicative of serious problems like mold or mildew or damaged duct work.

Remember, if you see any of these warning signs, air conditioning failure could be imminent, and you should call R.S. Andrews to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You can’t afford to wait for Atlanta’s sweltering hot summer days to find out that your AC has kicked the bucket!

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