5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner
The air conditioning unit inside your home is generally considered one of the most important appliances found in your home. An air conditioning unit is what will keep your home cool and comfortable during the warmer months of the year. A home without a properly working air conditioning unit could be the difference between a comfortable home environment and an uncomfortable and sweaty experience.
Just like any other home appliance, air conditioning units need maintenance and care to allow the air conditioning unit to work properly. Summer months without an air conditioning unit can be brutal, so we know our homes cannot be without them. However poor care or an old unit can create new problems, therefore proper air conditioner replacement, maintenance, or repair will be crucial. There are many frustrations associated with a faulty air conditioning unit. There are the issues that a poor air conditioning unit can create, such as damage to areas of your home as well as health issues that can be caused by poor ventilation.
For example, a faulty air conditioning unit can have poor airflow. Issues with air flow will mean your electricity costs associated with operating your air conditioning unit will still exist as though the unit was working properly, however, your home will not cool as well as it should. Some of the issues that cause poor airflow can also have adverse effects on your health. Poor airflow issues as a result of dirty condenser coils or some other obstruction such as a dirty air filter can force dirt, germs, and allergens into your home. You and your family would then breathe in that dirt, germs, and allergens which can cause breathing problems and allergic reactions. A poor working air conditioning unit can also cause issues with your home’s environment as well as its peace and quiet. Loud noises can emanate from the ac unit thus creating a distraction which can disrupt your home environment. Bad odors, humidity in the home, and warm air blowing into the home can also create an uncomfortable home environment from a poor working air conditioning unit. Freon and water leaks can cause issues when those leaks seep into the flooring and eat through the ceiling in your lower floors causing additional home repair costs. All of these issues could be nightmare scenarios for any homeowner.
A faulty air conditioning unit can be serious and the issues it can cause are something that no homeowner would want to deal with. The good news is that there are signs that can help you determine if these issues may be right around the corner which can allow you to take steps to prevent them from occurring. There are many indicators that exist that can help you in determining if it’s time for air conditioner replacement
Here are 5 signs that can help determine if it’s time for air conditioner replacement.
Air conditioning unit is blowing warm or hot air
You did not purchase your air conditioning unit to blow hot air. Especially during the summer months when it gets really warm outside and you need a cool place of refuge, the last thing you want is your air conditioning unit blowing warm or hot air. When an air conditioning unit is blowing warm or hot air, this is a telltale sign that it may be time to replace your air conditioning unit.
Air conditioning unit thermostat is not working
The thermostat in your air conditioning unit is critical to proper functioning. It will tell the unit how much air it needs to generate. If the thermostat is not working this will relay a faulty message to the unit to produce either too much or too little cooling, therefore, throwing the ideal temperature balance off in your home. If the thermostat is no longer working properly you will certainly want a professional, residential HVAC technician to take a look since there could be various issues causing this issue that may require air conditioner replacement.
Air conditioning unit is producing loud or banging noise
This is one of the easiest ways to identify if your air conditioning unit needs replacement or repair. Air conditioning units, especially newer ones, are developed to produce quiet air flow. If there is an unfamiliar loud noise coming from the unit it is certainly time to call an HVAC technician in to take a look.
Air conditioning unit is leaking
Whenever you begin to see either drips of Freon or water, or pools of Freon or water beneath the air conditioning unit, this is a clear sign that it’s time for a new air conditioning unit. Leaks from an air conditioning unit can be as a result of a hole, crack, or blockage and an HVAC technician may be able to locate and repair the issue.
The electric bill is much higher than usual
Whenever your monthly electric bill goes up without a corresponding increase in electricity usage this is an obvious sign that a repair is needed, and that you should call in a professional HVAC technician immediately, to help you decide whether or not you should seek out an air conditioner replacement.
If you are experiencing one or more of these signs call Superior Mechanical right away. Our expert HVAC repair technicians can diagnosis and repair any residential air conditioning unit problem, or replace your air conditioning unit, getting your cooling needs back on track. For over 30 years, Superior Mechanical has been a trusted HVAC company in the North Carolina Triad. Call today to service your air conditioning unit. Emergency repair service is also available.