The heat this time of year will make anyone grateful for their hardworking, dependable air conditioner for keeping them comfortable. The relief you feel coming into a cool home from being outside in a sweltering summer day can’t be beat. There are a multitude of reasons you may walk in one day and find that your AC isn’t working as it used to. Often, it’s just too hot outside for your air conditioner to keep up (this could be a sizing deficiency), or perhaps your filter has become congested, your thermostat may be the culprit or perhaps your coils are filthy.
An AC that isn’t keeping you cool may also be running empty on refrigerant. If this is the issue, there are a few tell-tale signs you can be on the look-out for to indicate it is time to call in the experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest for air conditioner service.
Increase in Utility Bills
If you’ve noticed an increase in your utility bills, that is a reasonable sign of low refrigerant. Your air conditioner will work harder and longer trying to cool your home if it is lacking refrigerant. This will lead to a clear increase in your utility bills.
Your Home Isn't Cool
If you’re uncovering that your air conditioner isn’t reaching the temperature set on the thermostat or that it’s taking extensive periods to cool things down, you’ll want to have your system looked at by an expert. A technician will be able to pinpoint the problem occurring with your unit and get you cooled down in a snap.
Ice Buildup or Water
An absolute sign of trouble is noticing any ice on your outdoor AC unit. Low refrigerant will cause your unit’s evaporator coil to get too cold, which can cause the moisture around your refrigerant line to freeze. A frozen compressor line could lead to compressor damage, which is a costly repair. It’s a good idea to call an expert at the first sign of ice or water.
If any of these symptoms of low refrigerant are occurring with your air conditioner is an important to call in a pro to get things looked at and fixed before it leads to a major breakdown. The experts at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest are here to help keep you cool this summer. Give us a call at 949-204-0859.