Oakland County and Macomb County average summer highs of 82 degrees mean few people want to do without an AC. For one thing, without AC the heat that gets inside your home gets trapped there, which means it may be hotter indoors than out. If you have an emergency AC breakdown, count on us. We'll get to you fast.
You don't have to wait for your AC to cut out on the hottest day of the year. The AC will tell you it needs attention if you watch out for just a few of these signs.
The AC is typically the biggest user of power in your home during the summer months. If you're spending more money than ever to cool your home, something's wrong!
The fan is working, but the AC isn't cooling the air it's blowing around. Most people turn the AC off and call us at this point, because it's now actively working to make their home less comfortable.
If you don't think your home is getting any cooler, just stand under one of the vents. You should feel a blast of cool or cold air. If you don't feel anything at all, there's a problem.
You definitely don't want to hear any strange sounds coming from your AC. You could have a loose or damaged part. That part won't get better on its own, and if you continue to ignore the problem you could cause additional breaks.
If you see your AC unit sitting in a puddle of water, or see ice on the refrigerant line during the height of summer, there's a good chance you have a coolant leak. You could also have a messed up evaporator coil, or blocked vents.
If your AC is over 15 years old it's approaching the end of its lifespan. You might not need to replace it right away: sometimes it makes more sense to repair it for a few years so you get the maximum amount of life out of it. But the chances it will be completely issue-free are slim.
First, you want to get an annual AC tune-up every spring. This gives us the opportunity to clean the mechanical elements, replace parts that wear out quickly, top off your coolant, and spot any issues likely to grow into major problems.
Second, change your filter! Pay attention to the filter's lifespan. Some last for a month. Some last for six. But if you don't change them when it's time you're making the AC work harder than it should, which can lead to needing more repairs faster.
Finally, make sure you keep the area around your AC clear outside and inside. Your AC can't do what it's supposed to do if it's choked by shrubs, leaves, grass, or vent obstructions inside your home.
AC repair costs can vary wildly. Sometimes they're as low as $600. Sometimes they're as high as $1900. It just depends on what's wrong with the unit.
The best way to adjust your finances to absorb your AC repair is to schedule an estimate. We'll be able to give you exact figures. And remember: the longer you leave the problem unaddressed, the worse it will be later.