The days are getting longer, the grass is greening up, and you can comfortably venture outside with fewer layers: it must be springtime in Montana! As you’re enjoying the warmer weather and planning for the summer, take time to prepare your home’s air conditioner for prime cooling performance. Spring is the perfect time to schedule any air conditioner repair service so your A/C unit is summer-ready and you don’t have to face longer wait times for an HVAC repair technician in June, July, and August.

The quick transition from heating in the winter to cooling in the summer can, sometimes, shock your HVAC unit and reveal any lingering issues in your air conditioning system. Often, these issues can cause your air conditioner to break down. By scheduling any necessary air conditioner maintenance or repair services early in the spring season, you can be confident that your system will be ready to keep your home cool and comfortable all summer.

In fact, getting your home’s HVAC unit professionally maintained twice a year, at the beginning and end of each summer season, may increase the lifespan of your unit by five years. A maintenance appointment includes a professional walkthrough and cleaning by one of our highly trained technicians. We will proactively diagnose and address any needed repairs quickly and cost-effectively, ensuring that your HVAC unit runs smoothly when things heat up.

Are you wondering if you need air conditioner repair services or seasonal air conditioner maintenance? We recommend turning the unit on for a short run during one of the first warm spring days of spring and watching for any of the warning signs indicated in the below checklist. If you notice something amiss, call Mountain Heating and Cooling at (406) 586-4007 or schedule an appointment online—our Bozeman air conditioner repair experts are here to help!

Checklist: 6 Signs You Need Air Conditioner Repair Services

1. The A/C system is blowing warm air

If you’re running your air conditioner and there’s warm air coming out of your vents, start by checking the thermostat to make sure it’s set to cooling mode. Then set the temperature so it is lower than the ambient temperature of your home. If the air conditioner is still blowing warm air, it could point to a compressor issue or restricted airflow somewhere in the unit or vents.

2. The airflow is weak

If your vents are barely pushing air, it might mean your air conditioner’s air filter is clogged or the motor is broken. Insufficient airflow can come from several other issues too, so contacting a professional HVAC contractor right away is key to addressing and resolving any problems.

3. The A/C unit is making noises

Most units make a little more noise as they cycle on or off than they do when they are in their cooling cycle. But if you hear grinding, squealing, rattling, or scraping sounds, it might mean a loose part or another issue. The complex nature of these units means that one broken part has the potential to cause damage elsewhere, so “listen” to this sign that it’s time to schedule air conditioner repair services.

4. There is a strange smell coming from the vents

If the air coming from the vents in your home has a burning or musty smell, it might mean your air conditioner needs some fine-tuning or the unit and vents need a thorough cleaning. Proper air conditioner functioning is essential for the health of your unit, and clean air is vital for your and your family’s health.

5. Puddling or humidity

An A/C unit should actually de-humidify your home, and the condensation has to be removed from your home through pipes or tubes. Over time the condensation removal route can become blocked or kinked. Watch for moisture either near the indoor furnace or air handler. Pooling of condensation around the indoor unit may indicate a blocked tube or leaking condensation from the coil. In this case, you’ll want to contact a professional immediately and turn off the unit because as long as you’re cooling you will create more condensate and have the risk of creating water damage.

6. The thermostat isn’t working

Sometimes, the problem isn’t the A/C unit—it’s the thermostat. A broken or malfunctioning thermostat might cause obvious issues, like air temperature that’s way off from the thermostat setting, or it could be more subtle, like an HVAC zoning system that isn’t accurately controlling different rooms or areas as expected. Whatever the problem may be, our technicians can quickly diagnose, recalibrate, or repair your thermostat.

Your Trusted Team for Bozeman Air Conditioner Repair Services

If you noticed any of the previously mentioned warning signs, it’s time to schedule a repair. We recommend scheduling air conditioner repair services or seasonal maintenance early to make sure everything is running well when it matters most. Should any issues arise, we are here to help address any emergency repairs.

If your air conditioner is beyond the point of repair and you are considering upgrading your unit, our Bozeman air conditioner installation team can walk you through the process of selecting the best HVAC system for your home, budget, and lifestyle. Our highly trained technicians will travel to your home in the Gallatin Valley, Belgrade, Park County, and beyond.

Let us help you get ahead of the summer heat. Reach out today to schedule your seasonal A/C appointment with Mountain Heating & Cooling.