If your air conditioner just broke down – and repairs aren't in your budget – you may be thinking about postponing the repairs. Unfortunately, you may end up regretting that decision. Postponing repairs can end up costing you more than you expected. Here are two important reasons you need to get your air conditioner repaired as soon as possible.
You may not realize this, but your health can be jeopardized if the temperatures get too high inside your home. In fact, if your air conditioner isn't functioning properly, you could be putting yourself and your family at risk of developing heat-related illnesses. Here are just two of the illnesses you could be facing.
When it gets too hot in your home, your body may start experiencing cramps. Heat cramps cause the large muscle groups in your body to constrict in an effort to protect against moisture loss. The cramps get worse during physical activity. Try to limit your activity inside the house until your air conditioner can be repaired.
After the heat cramps have set in, you may enter the second stage of heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion occurs when the air temperature is too high for your body to cool down by sweating. Heat exhaustion may require emergency medical care. This is a serious heat-related illness that can lead to a medical emergency. If you experience the following symptoms while your air conditioner is broken, be sure to obtain medical attention as soon as possible.
Symptoms to Be Aware of:
A broken air conditioner can also cause problems for your home. This is particularly true if you're without your air conditioner during extreme summer heat. Here are two home-related problems you may experience.
If you have a shingle roof, excessive interior temperatures can cause the edges to curl. As the heat builds up in your home, it escapes through the attic. The heat then radiates through the roof and warms up the shingles, which leads to curling.
In some cases, you might not realize that your air conditioner is broken. In some cases, air conditioner refrigerant lines can develop leaks. When that happens, you might not notice a problem until your AC stops producing cold air. Unfortunately, leaky refrigerant lines can lead to excess moisture inside your home, which can increase the risk of mold growth. If you notice excess condensation on your windows when the AC is on, or if there is an increased amount of liquid run-off from the AC unit, you'll need to have a repair technician come out and inspect your air conditioner.
For more information, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors or a similar company.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.