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Is Your AC Struggling? Here’s Why

Imagine two types of air conditioners. Air conditioner “A” works quietly throughout the night to keep a home cool. Day after day, a home is protected by the scorching temperatures outside, and eventually the energy bill comes in for the month. The family of this air conditioner is pleasantly surprised by the steady but low amount of energy the system consumes to keep them happy.

Air conditioner “B” on the other hand, keeps a family awake every night with obnoxious sounds. They’re constantly worried about repair bills and have trouble sleeping or getting work done because they’re nervous about the system’s condition. Eventually, they look at the energy bill and they’ll be forced to postpone their yearly vacation because there’s no way they’ll be able to afford it with this type of bill.

If you’re more like the family with air conditioner “B,” then it might be time to call for HVAC in Des Moines, IA to become more like the family with air conditioner “A!”

Signs of a Struggling AC

What constitutes an air conditioner that’s struggling? Remember air conditioner “B” from our short story in the beginning? All of those signs could be telling you that your air conditioner is struggling. Regardless of whether you are experiencing all of these problems or if you’re just dealing with one or two minor inconveniences, get them addressed to save yourself the trouble.

  • Poor cooling power. An air conditioner is supposed to easily cool your home. If it’s not, then there could absolutely be something wrong with it. After all, what’s the point of having an air conditioner if it doesn’t condition your air? Call our team of professionals to see if you’re suffering from something like a refrigerant leak, blocked air vent, clogged air filter, or even an improperly sized system.
  • High energy bills. If your air conditioner keeps your home cool, then great! If it does so by costing you and your family a small fortune, then that’s a reason for concern. Air conditioners should keep your home cool at an affordable price, otherwise, you should have it repaired.
  • Strange smells. We don’t know about you, but a bad odor can definitely keep us up at night. Sometimes air conditioners can have condensate drain clogs that end up turning moldy and smelly. This smell can be referred to as a “dirty sock” smell. If this rings any bells for your home’s air conditioner, then give us a call to have it addressed today!
  • Obnoxious noises. Whether it’s banging, buzzing, screeching, screaming, stalling, or anything similar, your air conditioner is in trouble. AC systems are supposed to function relatively quietly, which just a few clicks and the sound of air gently wafting through your vents. Anything more, or any noise that’s disconcerting, call for professional help immediately.

Not the New Normal

Don’t let a malfunctioning air conditioner become the new normal in your household. We’re big proponents of long-term solutions and malfunctioning air conditioners are bound to break down in the near future. When you have a system repaired, you’re getting it the care it needs so it can run correctly well into old age. Remember, don’t be like family “B” from the beginning, be like family “A!”

We can help repair your malfunctioning AC. Just call Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling ya’all!

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