How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016 The heat this time of year will make anyone grateful for their meticulous, dependable air conditioner for keeping them sweat-free. The relief you feel walking into a cool home from being outside in a sweltering summer day can’t be beat. There are several reasons you may walk in one day and find that your AC isn’t functioning as it used to. Sometimes, it’s simply too hot outside for your air conditioner to keep up (this could be a sizing deficiency), or possibly your filter has become congested, your thermostat may be the reason or perhaps your coils are dirty. An AC that isn’t keeping you cool may also be running low on refrigerant. If this is the case, there are a few tell-tale warnings you can be on the look-out for to suggest it is time to call in the professionals at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield 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 hoping to cool your home if it is lacking refrigerant. This will bring a obvious increase in your recurring bills. Your Home Isn't Cool If you’re finding that your air conditioner isn’t reaching the temperature set on the thermostat or that it’s taking longer to cool things down, you’ll want to have your system inspected at by a tech. A technician will be able to find the problem happening with your unit and get you cooled down quick. Ice Buildup or Water An absolute sign of trouble is noticing 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 Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield are here to help keep you cool this summer. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 or set up and appointment with us online using our handy online scheduler.