How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016 The temperature this time of year will make anyone appreciative for their diligent, reliable air conditioner for keeping them sweat-free. The relief you feel entering a cool home from being outside in a scorching summer day can’t be beat. There are a number of reasons you may walk in one day and find that your AC isn’t working as it used to. Sometimes, it’s entirely too hot outside for your air conditioner to keep up (this could be a sizing problem), or possibly your filter has become clogged, your thermostat may be the issue or perhaps your coils are filthy. 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 signs you can be on the look-out for to suggest it is time to call in the experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line for air conditioner service. Increase in Utility Bills If you’ve seen an increase in your utility bills, that is a reasonable sign of low refrigerant. Your air conditioner will work tougher and longer attempting to cool your home if it is lacking refrigerant. This will create a clear increase in your recurring 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 time to cool things down, you’ll want to have your system inspected at by an expert. A technician will be able to find the problem that’s going on with your unit and get you cooled down in no time. Ice Buildup or Water An absolute sign of trouble is spotting 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line are here to help keep you cool this summer. Give us a call at 610-257-7035 or set up and appointment with us online using our handy online scheduler.