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The heat of summer is here, but you can protect yourself and your family by ensuring the efficiency of the home’s AC unit. An air conditioner that’s ready to break down should be taken care of right away, so you’re not forced to suffer through a sweltering season. Below are three signs that you need anĀ air conditioning tune-up from a trained technician.

Higher Utility Bills

Check your power bill for an increase over last year’s rates. A unit that’s overdue for an adjustment or cleaning will work too hard, using too much power and raising your monthly utility bill. The longer you let your system go un-maintained, the more you’ll pay each month. On average, an improperly maintained system works 20% harder than one that’s been recently tuned up.

Diminished Cooling Power

If the unit’s putting out air that’s warmer than normal and you’re turning the thermostat lower to keep things cool, the AC needs a checkup to determine whether anything’s wrong. In most cases, a little fine-tuning is all that’s needed to get your unit running at peak efficiency.

Short Cycling

This term refers to a unit that turns off after running briefly, stopping before the cooling cycle is completed. Short cycling can occur for a variety of reasons, from a refrigerant leak to dirty coils. By getting service done right away, you can prevent short cycling from causing a significant energy drain.

You don’t really need to look for trouble signs to know when it’s time for an AC tune up. In most cases, AC units should receive yearly maintenance to run efficiently and meet their life expectancy. Even if there’s no apparent sign of AC issues, it may be time to call for maintenance.

Questions? Give Barrett & Sons Inc. a call today at (210) 659-5801. We complete air conditioning services in Alamo Heights TX.

One Response to “3 Signs That It’s Time for an Air Conditioning Tune Up”

  1. John

    I noticed that my energy bill is a lot higher than it was at the same time last year. According to the article, an improperly maintained air conditioning system works 20% harder and thus requires more energy. I can’t remember the last time I had mine tuned up, so what kind of maintenance ought I to expect from a professional technician when he comes to look at my AC unit?


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