What to do when temperatures easily reach triple digits
Here in Texas, we understand the importance of Air Conditioning. When peak temperatures easily reach triple digits, you’ll want to do everything in your power to keep your family or office cool and comfortable. And when your AC isn’t up to par, you need someone you can trust to come take a look and either repair or replace the unit as quickly as possible.
But how do you know when it is time to repair or replace? And how can you keep your air conditioning working in tip top shape? Is there a way to avoid emergency repairs?
Our team at DMS Air has come together to answer these questions, combining knowledge and expertise that comes with years of service in the field.
Taking the Proper Steps to Maintain Your AC
Regular maintenance services for your Air Conditioner is the best way to avoid an emergency. By working closely with your HVAC technician, you can keep your unit functioning at full capacity and quickly catch components that may need repair soon. Your HVAC technician can also help you keep an eye on the age of your unit and cost of repairs, letting you know when it may be time to invest in a new unit.
Most manufacturers recommend having your unit serviced twice a year. This ensure that everything is functioning properly and can help avoid costly repairs down the road. By allowing our technicians to work with your unit, you also enable us to make quicker diagnoses if something does go wrong. While our licensed technicians have years of experience tucked in their belts, nothing beats knowing a unit inside and out.
Let us work with you to create an air conditioning maintenance plan and take the first steps to protecting your home or office.
Signs It May Be Time for a Repair
Whether or not you choose to pursue a maintenance plan, a time will come when you need repair services. While having scheduled service calls can help catch these times quickly, it helps to know the warning signs in case you need to call someone in.
1. There is moisture
A good indicator that your AC needs help is if moisture is leaking or pooling around it. While this is often a sign that a drain tube is broken or blocked, it can also be a refrigerant leak. Constantly leaking water or ice buildup along the unit can lead to more extensive repairs later; leaking refrigerant poses a serious risk to your health.
2. Poor air flow
If you can barely feel the air through your vents, your AC may be experiencing compressor failure. Poor air flow can also indicate issues in your duct work, leading to inefficient operations that risk burning out your unit.
3. Squeaks and whines
Grinding, squeaking, whining, squealing noises are more than just an annoyance— these sounds indicate that something is wrong inside your unit.
4. Strange smells
Foul odors often lead to burnt out wires, while musty ones can indicate moisture and mold issues. Call a technician ASAP to protect your family or employee’s health.
5. Warm air flow
This one tends to speak for itself. You bought this unit to do a job, and it isn’t performing. It’s time to find out why.
Signs you may need to invest in a new AC
Let’s face it: replacing your AC is an expensive ordeal. Unfortunately, nothing works forever. And with changing EPA regulations, some air conditioners will no longer be repairable. The sooner you know the need for replacement is coming, the better prepared you can be. Some things to watch for are how old your air conditioner is, whether it uses R22 refrigerant, how often it needs repairs, and how your energy bill is holding up.
Check the Lifespans of your AC
If your unit is over 10 years old, it might be time to start shopping you not want to risk your AC breaking in the midst of an arid Texas summer.
Understand the R22 Regulations
R22 refrigerant, commonly known as Freon, is being phased out. By 2020, R22 will no longer exist. If your unit uses this refrigerant— or any others included in the Montreal Protocol— you won’t be able to keep it maintained. No matter what someone tells you, retrofitting your current unit for new refrigerants is more expensive and voids your warranty. Replacing is cheaper in the long run.
Check your AC Repair Frequency
If you find that your unit constantly requires repair, it’s time to invest in a new one. Repairs can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars, and you don’t’ need the stress of wondering when it will break down again.
Monitor your Utility bill
If your bill skyrockets in the hotter months, that’s a pretty good sign your Air Conditioner is struggling. Replacing your unit can lead to better energy efficiency as well.
When your ac needs help, you need top quality ac service, DMS Air
Don’t wait until it’s too late! Start taking steps to protect your home with the help of our knowledgeable staff. Our technicians are highly trained, and we pride ourselves on delivering only the best service. Call DMS Air today to get a quote for your next repair, replacement, or installation project.