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When the scorching heat of summer sets in, the last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to fail. That’s why knowing when to call for emergency AC repair is crucial to maintaining comfort and safety in your home.

To help you recognize the signs, the team at Cencal Mechanical has created your new go-to guide to help you identify when it’s time to make that urgent call.

Cencal Mechanical is the Central Valley’s trusted source for AC repair, and we’re proud to offer 7 day, quick response AC service. Our team has repaired thousands of central, ductless, mini-split, and multi-split air conditioning systems, so you can call Cencal with confidence! Contact us today.

Know The Signs

Unusual Noises

Modern AC units are designed to operate quietly. So if you start hearing strange noises such as grinding, squealing, or banging, it’s a sign that something is wrong internally. These sounds could indicate a loose belt, a problem with the motor bearings, or other mechanical issues that require immediate attention.

No Cool Air

One of the most obvious signs that you need emergency AC repair is when the unit fails to produce cool air. This issue could be due to various reasons, including refrigerant leaks, frozen evaporator coils, or a malfunctioning compressor. Without prompt repair, you could be facing a complete system shutdown.

That’s why our experts will run full diagnostics on your cooling system to quickly determine the best way to get it working right.

Weak Airflow

If you notice that the airflow from your AC unit is weak or inconsistent, this could be a sign of a failing compressor or clogged air filters. Poor airflow not only affects your comfort but can also strain your system, leading to further damages and inefficiencies.

Frequent Cycling

AC units typically go through relatively routine cooling cycles, regardless of the weather. If you notice that your system is cycling on and off more frequently than usual, it’s a sign that it’s not operating efficiently and needs urgent attention.

Strange Odors

A strong, foul odor coming from your AC unit can indicate a burned wire, or mold presence within the ductwork. Ignoring these smells could be detrimental to the health of your unit, making it important to call for emergency repair services immediately.

High Humidity Levels

Part of your AC’s job is to moderate humidity levels inside your home. If you start noticing that your indoor environment feels more humid than usual, it could mean that your system is not functioning properly.

High humidity can be uncomfortable and may also encourage mold growth which could lead to health issues or property damage.

Leaks

AC units produce condensation as they operate, but this water should never accumulate or leak into your home. If you notice water leaks around your AC unit, it’s a sign of a blocked or broken condensate drain.

Refrigerant leaks are also something to keep a close eye on. If you’re noticing bubbling or hissing sounds, or ice on your refrigerant lines, chances are you have a refrigerant leak on your hands. When left unaddressed they can cause irreversible damage to your AC unit, and even result in property damage.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak, it’s crucial to contact a professional HVAC technician. Handling refrigerant requires special attention due to its hazardous nature and the environmental regulations surrounding its use. Our professionals will safely locate and repair the leak, recharge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant, and ensure your AC unit is operating efficiently and safely.

Regular maintenance checks can also help catch leaks early, before they become more significant issues.

Tripping Circuit Breaker

If your AC unit is causing the circuit breaker to trip repeatedly, it could be drawing too much power, indicating an underlying issue. Ignoring this could lead to a potential fire hazard or further damage to your electrical system.

When to Call Cencal Mechanical for Emergency Repair

If you encounter any of the above signs, it’s crucial to call for emergency AC repair services immediately.

Waiting too long can worsen the problem, leading to more extensive and expensive repairs. Moreover, ensuring your AC is in top working condition is essential for your comfort and health, especially during the peak of summer.

We’ve seen it all when it comes to cooling issues across the Central Valley. From central AC systems to ductless, our team has fixed every type of AC over the years.

Our repair knowledge is second to none, and is only part of the Cencal experience. You can rely on us to be courteous and respectful of you and your living space. And we’ll get your home back to being cool and comfortable, fast!

Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioner?

Sometimes, it might make more sense to replace your AC unit instead of paying for another repair. If you find your cooling system is constantly breaking down, it might be time to consider a new AC installation.

Here some other questions to ask yourself when considering a new unit:

  • Is your air conditioner over 10 years old?
  • Does your unit require frequent, recurring repairs?
  • Are your energy bills climbing?
  • Is it difficult to cool your entire home with your current unit?

At Cencal Mechanical, our pricing is always upfront. Our experienced AC technicians will assess your broken air conditioner and help you find the best option for your home and budget.

The Importance of Regular, Preventative Maintenance

The best way to ensure your air conditioner works efficiently year round is by signing up for Cencal’s exclusive Gold Membership. For a low monthly fee, you’ll get routine AC maintenance, priority service, special discounts and maintain your unit’s warranty.

When you become a Cencal Mechanical Gold Member you can spend your time making memories with the ones you love, instead of worrying about home comfort. Contact us today to learn more! When it comes to air conditioner repairs, don’t sweat it! We’ll keep your AC running efficiently, extend it’s lifespan and your comfort, and save you time and money. Give our experts a call today!

 

 

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