We’re not going to say that fall is the best season, but it’s hard to deny the joy that fall brings to the Coachella Valley. Pumpkin spice finds its way onto every menu; football takes over your social media feed; skeletons and witches start popping up in your neighbors’ yards. And the baking heat of summer fades away, reducing the workload on your air conditioner and the dollar amount on your power bills.
Autumn truly is a wonderful time of year. It’s also a wonderful time to schedule a seasonal AC maintenance. After the excessive heat of the Southern California summer, realign your system and get it running efficiently this fall, a season that may still require air conditioning.
Here are five signs that your air conditioner may need a post-summer inspection.
- The Seasons Are Changing
Just because it’s getting cooler out doesn’t mean your air conditioner’s work is finished for the year. As the temperatures cool, your air conditioner will still be hard at work keeping your home at a steady, comfortable indoor temperature and having it inspected will ensure that it has no problems before it’s officially shut down for winter. This protects you from nasty surprises when the temperatures begin climbing again next spring.
- The Unit Is Short Cycling
Generally speaking, a healthy air conditioner turns on and off, or cycles, 2-3 times each hour, and the cycles last for about 15 minutes at a time. If your air conditioner is cycling more than three times in any given hour, it’s a sign that something is off. Get someone out to check your unit for mechanical issues.
- Your AC Isn’t Maintaining Consistent Temperatures
Another sign that something may be off with your air conditioning unit is a rising temperature in your home. If you find yourself bumping the thermostat setting down every couple of days just to maintain comfort, an AC inspection is in order.
- You Hear Knocking Or Groaning From The Unit
Strange noises from your air conditioning unit can be indicative of many different problems in your system. Some problems are minor, like just needing a tune-up, while others are major, like a failing compressor. Rather than waiting it out to see if the sound goes away, have your AC inspected to find the root cause of the sound.
- Your Air Conditioner Is Smoking
Whether it’s a subtle white mist or a billowing black cloud, seeing smoke come from your air conditioner is cause for alarm. If your AC has started smoking, shut off power to the unit and have it inspected for mechanical issues, ASAP.