The last thing that anyone wants to face during the summer is an AC replacement. It is a big expense that most of us aren’t excited about making any sooner that is absolutely necessary. While there are times that your AC breaks down out of the blue, most of the time there are several signs that can hint towards AC failure. Being aware of these signs is going to be key in avoiding complete AC failure. The sooner you have an expert take a look at it, the better your chances of repair rather than replacement will be. Hal Mechanical is here to point out several warning signs that are usually present before an AC system fails.
How Do You Know if Your AC Needs to Be Replaced?
If you have an AC unit that is old and likely getting to the end of its lifespan, you need to be aware of the signs that are likely present when there is imminent trouble in the future. Here are some of the most common signs of AC failure that you should be aware of and looking for.
– Loud AC Noises: You are probably so used to the way that your AC sounds as it cools your home that you don’t even notice it when it’s on. If you are all of a sudden hearing hissing, screeching, banging or other strange noises, it can be a big warning sign that something isn’t right with your AC unit. It can be a sign that your unit is on the brink of failure, and you need to get a professional out to look at it.
– Musty AC Smells: If you smell pungent odors coming from the vents every time your AC kicks on, this is not a good sign. When you are dealing with these foul odors, it can mean several different things depending on the odor. It could mean you have a dead rodent somewhere in your ductwork, or you could have mold and mildew growing somewhere in your system. At any rate, if you smell something awful, have a professional take a look.
– Lack of Indoor Comfort: If you can’t quite put your finger on the fact that something just feels off about your AC system, it can be one of the first signs of trouble. Maybe the air isn’t blowing out of the vents very hard, or the air isn’t as cool as it should be, it can be a sign of impending doom.
– AC Leaking: It isn’t uncommon for an older AC unit to spring a leak as it nears the end of its life. While some condensation is normal, if you notice that your AC is leaking at all, it’s time to have a professional evaluate it.