How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016 The temperature this time of year will make anyone grateful for their hardworking, consistent air conditioner for keeping them comfortable. The relief you feel entering a cool home from being outside in a boiling 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 keeping things as cool as it used to. Sometimes, it’s just 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 number of tell-tale clues you can be on the look-out for to hint it is time to call in the experts at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago for air conditioner service. Increase in Utility Bills If you’ve seen an increase in your utility bills, that is a possible sign of low refrigerant. Your air conditioner will work harder and longer trying to cool your home if it is lacking refrigerant. This will lead to a clear increase in your utility bills. Your Home Isn't Cool If you’re uncovering 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 looked at by an expert. A technician will be able to address the problem that’s going on with your unit and get you cooled down quick. Ice Buildup or Water A sure 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 pricey 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago are here to help keep you cool this summer. Give us a call at 773-704-0640 or set up and appointment with us online using our handy online scheduler.