Heating and Air Questions and Answers – Panama City, FL
Gulf Coast Air Conditioning is here to answer all your heating and air questions in Panama City, FL, and also the surrounding areas. We are your local choice for all your HVAC needs. Contact us to learn more about our repair, maintenance, and installation services.
Heating and Air Questions
Why is AC service important?
AC service helps your system operate at maximum efficiency. Regular maintenance on your air conditioning system can help extend its life as well as keep your home more comfortable. A licensed HVAC technician should service your unit on a regular basis. This allows them to diagnose minor problems before they become major.
How often should AC be serviced?
We recommend Fall and Spring maintenance for AC systems. Not only can it help keep you cool and comfortable all year long, but it also helps your system operate efficiently which in turn saves you money on utility bills.
How do you know when you need a new air conditioner?
At around 10 years, most air conditioning systems begin to lose efficiency, which is when most people see a rise in their electrical bills. A new high-efficiency system can help save you money as well as increase your comfort. AC systems that have regular maintenance performed will often last longer than units that do not. If you are hearing strange noises from your AC system or it is not keeping you as cool as it once did it may be time to consider a system replacement.
What is the life expectancy of an HVAC system?
Most HVAC systems’ life expectancies are 10-15 years. While the actual life of your system depends on many factors, when your HVAC system is nearing the end of its life, it will have several signals:
- Frequent repairs
- Leaking water
- Not cooling as it should
- Foul odors
If you are experiencing any of the above, we recommend calling for a free system replacement estimate to determine if it is time for a new HVAC system.
Why is my AC so loud?
It can be difficult to enjoy the comfort of a cool home if your AC is noisy. In fact, a noisy air conditioner compressor is one of the most common hvac-related problems we address beyond an AC compressor not turning on at all. In most cases, these unpleasant sounds are no cause for alarm and can be resolved easily by one of our technicians or even with some simple DIY maintenance. However, some sounds indicate a more dangerous situation where the unit should be turned off and then inspected by a professional right away.
An Air Conditioner Rattle
A rattling noise from your outdoor unit can indicate that there is outdoor debris such as leaves or branches, stuck inside the unit. Routine maintenance to flush out the debris will help reduce the noise and allow your ac to run properly.
A Humming Air Conditioner
A humming air compressor is usually not serious and can be a sign that some internal parts have become loose over time. In some cases, these loose components can simply be tightened by a technician to reduce the noise and prevent the parts from becoming detached.
Air Conditioner Squealing or Whistling
One of the more serious sounds to listen out for is high-pitched whistling or squealing which is an indicator of a refrigerant leak or high pressure within the compressor. Not only is leaked refrigerant damaging to the unit but it also poses a health hazard to those around. In this case, the unit should be shut off immediately and emergency hvac repairs are necessary.
Is AC leaking water dangerous?
AC systems have many electrical components, therefore leaking water near or around your AC unit is dangerous. If you experience this, turn your AC system off and call a licensed HVAC professional to diagnose and repair your air conditioning problem.
Panama City, FL Heating and Air Questions
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