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7 Signs Your Central AC Was Overworked

April 18, 2024

If your central AC was shutting off frequently and struggling to keep your home cool last summer, it could have been overworked. Here are 7 signs to reflect on:


  1. Rising energy bills: A sudden spike in your energy bills could indicate that your AC was working harder than usual to maintain the desired temperature.

  2. Short cycling: Did you hear your compressor turn on and off regularly? This process is called short-cycling, and this can wear out your cooling equipment quickly.

  3. Strange noises: Unusual grinding, squealing, or clanging noises could indicate loose parts, or internal damage caused by overuse.

  4. Increased humidity: While your central air system’s main function is to cool your home, it also dehumidifies the air, improving your home’s air quality. Uncomfortable humidity and unpleasant smells are often a sign of your air conditioner needing a break or an upgrade.

  5. Frequent service calls: If you found yourself calling us often for AC breakdowns, it could have been overworked, and nearing the end of its lifespan.

  6. Constant leaking: Excessive moisture around your unit could either be water or refrigerant, a dangerous substance for children and pets.

  7. Uneven temperatures: An overworked air conditioner could have been the culprit of a malfunctioning thermostat, which might have made some rooms in your home warmer or cooler than the desired temperature.


If you noticed any of these signs, contact Stafford Oil & Propane for a professional inspection. Our technicians can diagnose the problem and recommend repairs or replacements to keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long. In the event that you do need a replacement, we offer high-efficiency central air conditioning systems, along with free estimates. Stafford Oil & Propane has been providing stellar air conditioning services for homes in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire since 1928, and we are here to help you with all of your home comfort needs.


Visit our central air conditioning page for more information, and contact us for repairs and maintenance.


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