If you're like us, for the past few days, you've had to wear an extra layer on these cool mornings and evenings. While September is traditionally still pretty warm in North Carolina, I don't think anyone is complaining about these 70 degree days. However, any proud North Carolinian will tell you that these temperatures are merely a sign of "false fall," and that we'll likely see one more week of "second summer" before we dip into actual fall. As such, some of our customers are concerned about their air conditioner's ability to keep up with the wild temperature changes over the next few weeks. So, on that note, let's discuss three tips for managing your Cary HVAC during early fall.
Can your Cary HVAC keep up?!
When the weather jumps from 90 degree days one week to temperatures that barely reach 70 the next, it can be hard on your air conditioner. Your Cary HVAC has been working hard all summer to keep up with the heat and humidity of our North Carolina summers. And while many of our customers heeded our advice about getting a tune-up at the beginning of the season, NC weather can be hard on even brand new equipment.
Before you turn your air conditioner off until next Spring, it's important to make sure that you aren't masking any problems that will cause your Cary HVAC to have trouble starting up next year. Now is a great time for a fall tune-up to address 3 key issues.
Does your Cary HVAC have low airflow?
Oftentimes, at the end of summer/beginning of fall, your air conditioner may not be producing as cool of air as it did several months ago. For one, it's not nearly as hot as it was even a few weeks ago, so the contrast in temperature isn't there.
On the other hand, your Cary HVAC has worked incredibly hard for the past 3-5 months keeping your home cool and make sure that your family is comfortable. That means the equipment has been well used. Your filter may be clogged which means your air conditioner must work harder to produce cool air. Or, the fan motor could have misaligned which can cause way bigger problems.
A tune-up at the beginning of fall can help address either of these problems.
Could your Cary HVAC have Failing Capacitors?
The capacitors in your Cary HVAC are designed to supply your air conditioner with proper voltage to ensure it works efficiently during the hottest months. However, as the heat starts to cool off, many of our customers notice that those capacitors start to struggle or stop working altogether.
Again, a tune-up at the beginning of this new season can catch this problem quickly.
Is your Cary HVAC Low on Refrigerant?
In order for your Cary HVAC to run all summer long, it requires refrigerant. However, much like the refrigerant, wiper fluid, or even oil in your car, it does need to be replenished. Therefore, if your energy bill starts going up, or you notice that your airflow isn't what it used to be, or frost accumulation on your air conditioner's evaporator coils, it could be low refrigerant or a leak somewhere in your system.
With all that said, before you turn off your Cary HVAC for the remainder of the year, be sure to give Choice HVAC a call at 919-435-2711. Addressing these issues now (in the form of a seasonal tune-up) can save you time and money!