How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016 The weather this time of year will make anyone appreciative for their diligent, reliable air conditioner for keeping them happy. The relief you feel entering a cool home from being outside in a scorching summer day can’t be beat. There are a number of reasons you may walk in one day and find that your AC isn’t working as it used to. Occasionally, it’s simply too hot outside for your air conditioner to keep up (this could be a sizing problem), or maybe your filter has become blocked, your thermostat may be the culprit or perhaps your coils are dirty. An AC that isn’t keeping you cool may also be running empty on refrigerant. If this is the issue, there are a few tell-tale warnings you can be on the look-out for to indicate it is time to call in the professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie for air conditioner service. Increase in Utility Bills If you’ve noticed an increase in your utility bills, that is a practical sign of low refrigerant. Your air conditioner will work tougher and longer trying to cool your home if it is lacking refrigerant. This will bring a clear increase in your recurring bills. Your Home Isn't Cool If you’re discovering that your air conditioner isn’t maintaining the temperature set on the thermostat or that it’s taking longer to cool things down, you’ll want to have your system serviced at by a professional. A technician will be able to find the problem that’s going on with your unit and get you cooled down quick. Ice Buildup or Water A sure 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 a costly 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie are here to help keep you cool this summer. Give us a call at 814-833-5558 or set up and appointment with us online using our handy online scheduler.