Staying Cool And Avoiding Breakdowns: Signs Your Air Conditioning System Needs Maintenance

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Home ownership comes with a great deal of responsibility. Staying on top of maintaining your home's systems can be a real challenge, and if you don't have the proper background and education, you may miss some obvious warning signs. Given that many people rely heavily on their air conditioner for comfort, it's vital that you learn about some of the first and most reliable signs of trouble.

Below, you'll find a guide to some symptoms your air conditioning system may display when it's in need of maintenance. Being aware of these changes will help you avoid expensive breakdowns and help guarantee that you can remain cool and comfortable even when the sweltering days set in.

Constant Blowing

Most modern air conditioners don't require constant movement of air to function. With modern thermostats, a preselected temperature should be reached relatively quickly, and your air conditioner should be able to conserve energy by only forcing air through the system when it's absolutely necessary.

If your air conditioner is constantly blowing, it may be a sign that it's struggling to reach the temperature you selected. This can be symptomatic of low coolant or a clog in a line, and you should attempt to source it before the overexertion risks damaging a blower motor.

Increased Dust and Sneezing

Sometimes, your own nose can be a valuable warning sign that something is going wrong. Your air conditioner's filtration system should work to remove contaminants from the air in your home, and you should be able to be comfortable and free of allergens and irritants.

If you notice yourself sneezing more often or you see dust beginning to build up around your air returns, it may be a sign that you need a filter change. It might also betray a blockage somewhere in the system that's being slowly chipped away at by moving air, and you should address that quickly to reduce the stress on your system.

Excess Moisture

While the temperature contrasts that your air conditioner works under are bound to produce some condensation, larger pools of water are not signs of normal operations. Whether they appear inside your home or outside around the condenser, leakage is not normal and can be a sign of an underlying issue. If you're struggling to keep the water produced by your system in check, it's likely time to schedule a service call before the damage done to your air conditioner and your other property gets worse.

For more information, contact a company like Abbey Plumbing & HVAC, LLC.

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