How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016 The weather this time of year will make anyone thankful for their hardworking, reliable air conditioner for keeping them sweat-free. The relief you feel coming into a cool home from being outside in a scorching summer day can’t be beat. There are several reasons you may walk in one day and find that your AC isn’t working as it used to. Occasionally, it’s just too hot outside for your air conditioner to keep up (this could be a sizing deficiency), or possibly your filter has become clogged, your thermostat may be the culprit or perhaps your coils are grimy. An AC that isn’t keeping you cool may also be running low on refrigerant. If this is the circumstance, there are several tell-tale clues you can be on the look-out for to indicate it is time to call in the professionals at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City for air conditioner service. Increase in Utility Bills If you’ve noticed an increase in your utility bills, that is a reasonable sign of low refrigerant. Your air conditioner will work harder and longer trying to cool your home if it is lacking refrigerant. This will create a noticeable increase in your utility bills. Your Home Isn't Cool If you’re uncovering that your air conditioner isn’t working up to 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 occurring with your unit and get you cooled down quick. Ice Buildup or Water A sure sign of trouble is finding 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City are here to help keep you cool this summer. Give us a call at 605-342-5107 or set up and appointment with us online using our handy online scheduler.