How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016 The heat this time of year will make anyone grateful for their diligent, reliable air conditioner for keeping them happy. The relief you feel entering a cool home from being outside in a sweltering summer day can’t be beat. There are several reasons you may walk in one day and find that your AC isn’t keeping things as cool as it used to. Sometimes, it’s entirely too hot outside for your air conditioner to keep up (this could be a sizing problem), or possibly your filter has become blocked, your thermostat may be the issue or perhaps your coils are grimy. An AC that isn’t keeping you cool may also be running empty on refrigerant. If this is the case, there are several tell-tale warnings you can be on the look-out for to indicate it is time to call in the team at Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople for air conditioner service. Increase in Utility Bills If you’ve seen an increase in your utility bills, that is a practical sign of low refrigerant. Your air conditioner will work harder and longer attempting to cool your home if it is lacking refrigerant. This will create a clear increase in your monthly bills. Your Home Isn't Cool If you’re finding that your air conditioner isn’t reaching the temperature set on the thermostat or that it’s taking extensive periods to cool things down, you’ll want to have your system serviced at by a professional. A technician will be able to pinpoint the problem that’s going on with your unit and get you cooled down quick. Ice Buildup or Water An absolute sign of trouble is spotting any ice on your outdoor AC unit. Low refrigerant will cause your unit’s evaporator coil to get too cold, which can cause the moisture around your refrigerant line to freeze. A frozen compressor line could lead to compressor damage, which is an expensive repair. It’s a good idea to call an expert at the first sign of ice or water. If any of these symptoms of low refrigerant are occurring with your air conditioner is an important to call in a pro to get things looked at and fixed before it leads to a major breakdown. The experts at Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople are here to help keep you cool this summer. Give us a call at 724-452-6280 or set up and appointment with us online using our handy online scheduler.