It's a great idea to not wait until the air - conditioner breaks down completely before AC repair is finished. Unless you delay, you could end up having to replace the entire device. This could be very costly, and not protected by the warranty, because you have failed to take proper care of your machine. Here are some of the signs to watch for when you might need someone to check your air conditioning unit and repair it.
Of course, one of the first indicators you need AC repair is if you start listening to strange sounds coming from the device. If you are hearing clunking or squealing, you will call someone immediately. There are other more subtle signs of your air conditioner even being on the fritz. If only a few of the rooms in your house get colder, some trouble may arise. If you consider your electric bill outstandingly high, this could mean that there is a problem that causes your unit to use more energy to work.
If you do regular maintenance on your air conditioner, such as changing the filters on a regular basis, opening the access panel and checking for loose belts, etc., and you still have issues, then there may be an internal problem that a licensed professional needs to look into. If you are suspecting an incident, don't try to do the job yourself. New models have a lot of electronic components, and there is, of course, the fact that these devices are high voltage, and they could give you a shock. It's just a good idea to have someone instead of who knows what they're doing. Tinkering with it can also cause more problems yourself, and not covered by your guarantee.
If you have issues, you need to get someone to do your repair or AC replacement early. Catching fundamental issues early may later stop costlier repairs. Typically it's something simple, like a broken belt or condenser, or the electronics. For certain situations, the warranties can also cover these necessary repairs with a newer model. It's much better to get it fixed early than waiting because it will raise your energy bills, frustrate you because your home isn't getting cooled off in the summer, and save you a lot of money to replace the whole thing.
In the Fall, it is a good idea to have routine checks done at least once a year to avoid costly repairs in the first place. There are other ways to save money as well, such as making sure the filters are periodically cleaned, and cleaning the ducts. Through the local AC service companies, you can set up a program to get them to come in and help you out.