Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs A Replacement

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It’s summertime, which means the days are heating up. Many people depend on air conditioners to beat the heat. Unfortunately, some cooling systems will not function the way they are supposed to. Some A/C owners will be bothered by the way their units perform. Depending on how severe the situation is, you may need to repair or replace your air conditioner. It is best to act quickly to ensure the problem doesn’t get worse. Most problems are easier to fix and cheaper if they are sorted out right away. However, some issues are indicative that you have reached the end of your air conditioner life expectancy.

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Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs A Replacement

A professional HVAC technician can help you assess the following air conditioner problems.

Your Air Conditioner Blows Warm Air

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A properly functioning AC unit emits cool air into a space. If your cooling system is emitting warm air, you would probably be surprised. This could be caused by a number of issues. The first thing you should do is make sure the thermostat is working as it should be. Check that it is in cooling mode and that it responds when you adjust the settings. Try setting the thermostat to a lower temperature. If that doesn’t work, take a look at the air filter to see if it is clogged. If all else fails, call a reputable HVAC technician to check if the compressor is broken.

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Higher Than Usual Cooling Costs

It is well known that air conditioners use a lot of energy, so it should not be surprising to see that your utility bills are a bit higher. That being said, a dramatic spike in your bill is something that is worth investigating. Unless your electricity provider has increased the rates, your air conditioning unit may not be working efficiently. If there is something that is preventing the system from working properly, your AC unit may have to work harder and use more energy than it normally does. Some common issues that could cause this include blocked filters and refrigerant leaks. Filters are not so difficult to replace on your own, but a professional should be called in to fix a refrigerant leak.

Multiple A/C Repairs

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Air conditioners are usually very reliable, so it’s not often that you see them act up or stop working, especially if they are only a few years old. In most cases, the problems begin around 10 years of use and this is because of inevitable wear and tear on the equipment. Once the problems start happening, they tend to compound. Constantly having to call for repairs can be very costly. At this point, you may want to consider replacing the system and starting new. An HVAC specialist can give you the facts and help you decide what is best for you.

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AC Unit Has Weak Airflow

If you notice that your cooling system is putting out a weak amount of air, this might be another sign that the machine is not working efficiently. Some causes of poor airflow could be a clogged air filter or a damaged motor. These types of problems should be attended to as soon as possible to get your machine up and running again. Zoning systems could help the air conditioner to function more efficiently.

High Humidity In Your Home With The AC On

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Air conditioners not only cool your home, they also help to balance the humidity in the air. This is one reason why it is so refreshing to step into an air-conditioned room after being outside in the sun and heat. If you find that you feel uncomfortable and sticky when you walk into the room, it may be because your AC unit is no longer moderating the humidity. This can often be rectified by repairing and recalibrating the machine. You also might want to consider installing a dehumidifier for the whole house. HVAC professionals can assess the problem and guide you towards the right solution.

Air Conditioner Cycles Frequently

When an air conditioner is working properly, it cycles on a fairly regular basis. If you notice that the cycles are happening more frequently, it could be a sign that there is something wrong with the air conditioner. A professional AC tune-up can regulate the cycles. However, if your machine has been cycling frequently from day one, then the system may be oversized and you might need to replace it. A cooling system specialist can help you choose the right size for your home so that you won’t have to come across this problem again.

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Your Air Conditioner Is Dripping Water

An air conditioner decreases humidity by reducing the temperature of the air around its internal coils so that the air condenses into water. The liquid pools in a container and is released from the unit in an organized manner. If you notice water leaking from your unit, it could be because there is an issue along the channel. If ignored, the leaking water can damage your floors or even the structure of your house. A good technician can identify the problem and clean up the system to prevent this from happening.


Unattractive AC Unit Odors

When there is too much moisture inside your cooling system, bacteria and other pathogens can grow. If left for too long, this can cause bad odors that may make your house highly unpleasant to live in. The bad odors can also be embarrassing when you have guests visit. This issue should be dealt with as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the worse it will get. Ask your air conditioning service provider to give your machine a tune-up and thoroughly clean the air conditioner as well as your ducts. Another high-tech way to alleviate the problem is by installing UV lamps.


Odd Air Conditioner Noises

Most air conditioners make a low hum when they are running, which is normal. However, sudden or loud noises are out of the ordinary and often an indication that something is wrong. For example, your machine might make a rattling noise, which could be a result of loose parts. Grinding or clanking noises could indicate that the compressor is broken. Take note of the various sounds your AC makes because each noise could point to a different situation. At the very least, you should have your AC unit tuned up. A technician can investigate what is making the noise and provide an effective solution.

While there are some AC problems that you can fix yourself, most will require the expertise of a trained and certified technician. Call an HVAC expert to ensure your air conditioning unit is running at optimal efficiency. The professionals can help you make an informed decision about whether a repair will help or if it makes more financial sense to replace the unit entirely.

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