Up to a certain point, we’re all skilled AC repair people, right?

Picture this. It’s nearing the end of a long grueling day at the office or home with the kids. You’ve performed every requisite chore and met every demand – reasonable or otherwise – at or above your own minimum level standard of satisfaction, and now all you want is a little peace and quiet before the routine begins anew tomorrow. So you engage in whatever your favorite leisure time pursuit might be, say, engaging on Facebook, taking in the latest installment of your favorite TV serial, etc., and things are going along swimmingly. Until, that is, your “SO” or child happens to mention that your home feels hotter than usual.

Your capacity for critical thought and problem solving now having pretty much evaporated, you employ the first rule in the Home Owner’s Guide to Basic AC Repair, i.e., you go check the thermostat. Sure enough, the reading is 76 when the thermostat is set at 70. “Hmm,” you now think, “it’s probably just some weird aberration, so I’ll just drop the thermostat down to 66 and that should be that!” Lo and behold, your house suddenly cools off and you feel like a genius. Except the pattern repeats itself the next evening, the evening after that, and the evening after that – which is to say, you haven’t fixed the problem, you’ve simply back-burnered it.

Sound familiar? Then take it from us: things aren’t going to get better by themselves, and not even when the weather starts to cool off. The problem, whatever it might be, simply becomes less obvious – everywhere, that is, except on your electricity bill. The longer you wait to get it professionally diagnosed and repaired, the more costly it’s likely to be to get it fixed, assuming it can be fixed at all.

The moral of the story? If you’re one of those people who keeps lowering the thermostat to achieve the desired temperature in an effort to buy some time, here’s a look at a few of the most likely reasons why your AC system is under-performing:

  • Clogged or dirty filter – The easiest thing of all to fix with a simple filter cleaning or replacement.
  • Hot and cold spots in your home – This usually signifies a problem with one of your thermostats (assuming you have multiples) or cracked or leaking air ducts.
  • Low refrigerant level – When a refrigerant line springs a leak, sooner or later you’re going to run out while, in the meantime, your AC system has to work harder and harder to maintain the pre-set temperature.
  • Problem with the exterior fan – This fan’s job is to move hot air from inside to outside your home. If a fan belt breaks or something else is impeding its progress, you’re going to feel the heat indoors.
  • Some sort of electrical problem – Your AC system has multiple electrical parts and connections in both its outdoor and indoor components. Often, a relatively quick repair procedure (and low repair bill) can get your system performing like it did during its glory days.

So, how’s your AC system been performing lately? If there’s room for improvement, we urge you to call the home comfort professionals at Budget Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today for accurate problem diagnosis, a full explanation of your repair options, help in choosing the right one, a guaranteed upfront repair price, and much more.