Signs Your Air Conditioner May Need A Replacement

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As summer approaches, the days are getting hotter. A lot of people will rely on their air conditioners for relief from the heat. Unfortunately, some air conditioner units will not work as anticipated. They might lack adequate cooling power, perform inefficiently, or some other type of issue. Most AC issues lead to repairs or replacements, depending on the extent of the situation. To avoid things getting worse, you need to act quickly. It’s best to fix problems right from the start. Likewise, it’s also important that homeowners with older systems to recognize the signs that their unit has reached the end of its air conditioner life expectancy. This way you can plan for a replacement instead of choosing one in an emergency AC malfunction. Emergency air conditioner failures usually lead to hasty and rushed decisions that might prove to be less than ideal later on.

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Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs A Replacement

In this article, we discuss some of the top signs that indicate the need for an air conditioner replacement.

Air Conditioner Blows Warm Air

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Your AC should blow cool air throughout the house, not warm air. This can happen because of a few different issues. First, check to see if the thermostat is working properly. Make sure it is in cooling mode and that it responds to changes in the settings. You can set the unit to a lower temperature to see if that gets rid of the problem. If those solutions don’t work, you should check to see if the air filter is dirty. A broken compressor is the last thing to investigate. You should enlist the help of an HVAC technician for this.

High Levels Of Humidity Even With The AC On

Besides cooling air, AC systems also control humidity in the house. This is why it always feels so great to come inside an air-conditioned room after being outside in the sun. You will start to feel sticky and uncomfortable when the AC can’t reduce humidity. Repairing and re-calibrating your air conditioner can easily fix the problem. A whole-house dehumidifier is also something to consider installing. A licensed HVAC technician will be able to look at your problem and give you the best advice for your specific situation.

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Frequent AC Repairs

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Generally, air conditioners are very dependable. It’s rare that they would have problems or break down, especially when they are new. Most of the time any issues will occur around the 10-year mark due to unavoidable wear and tear. Repairing lots of air conditioner problems can quickly add up. Consider a cooling system replacement as it is your best option to cut down on air conditioner repair costs. Talk to an experienced HVAC technician to make an informed decision.

Increased Cooling Costs

High utility bills should not be surprising since air conditioners use a lot of energy. If you notice a sudden increase in the cooling costs, then that would be something to take a look at. Unless the energy company raised its rates, this may be a sign of an inefficient system. It means there is something preventing your unit from working as it should. It is forced to work harder and, in turn, it will consume more energy than it should. A common cause of this is refrigerant leaks, clogged filters, among others. It’s easy for owners to replace the filters themselves, but a potential refrigerant leak should be fixed by the professionals.

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Weird Air Conditioner Noises

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A low hum noise is normal but if you hear loud and sudden noises that is a cause for concern. For example, a rattling sound can indicate loose parts and grinding noises may lead to a broken compressor. Each will point to a different issue, so listen closely to see what kind of sound you hear. A technician will be able to identify the problem and come up with a solution.

Insufficient Air Conditioner Airflow

Another revealing sign of an inefficient cooling system is insufficient airflow. Problems like a blocked filter and a broken motor may cause poor airflow. Addressing these issues as soon as possible is important to improve the AC’s performance. Zoning systems can also help increase the efficiency of your air conditioner.

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Bad Smells Coming From The Air Conditioner

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If there is moisture inside your AC system, it can attract bacteria and other pathogens. This can cause bad odors over time and make the house unbearable to live in. Time will make the odor worse, so acting quickly is necessary to fix it. Have an HVAC specialist thoroughly clean the unit and the ducts around the house. A tune-up can also solve this problem. In some cases, HVAC technicians might recommend a more high-tech solution such as installing UV lamps.

Frequent Cycles

When operating correctly, air conditioners should cycle fairly consistently. If the frequency of your AC unit is increasing, this might be a sign of a problem with the equipment. A professional tune-up may help return things back to normal. If your unit has been cycling frequently since the onset, then you may be dealing with an oversized system that needs a replacement. An HVAC expert will be able to calculate the right size unit for your house so you won’t need to deal with this problem.

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Water Leaks Out Of AC Unit

Air conditioning reduces humidity in your home by cooling the air around the coils enough to cause condensation. Water gathers in a container and moves out of the system. Issues can arise along the channel which causes leaks from the air conditioner. These leaks can leave the floors and the structure of the house damaged if ignored. Cleaning up the inside of the system will eliminate this.

Almost all air conditioning issues call for the expertise of a licensed technician. Contact an HVAC professional to make sure that you are making the right choices for your cooling system. Experienced technicians are trained to know if the problem is fixable or if it makes more sense to replace your cooling system.


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