Whether your own your home, lease a townhome or rent an apartment, there is nothing worse than your AC unit failing during the summer heat. The experts at Hal Mechanical have provided the following signs to help you decide when it might be time for AC repairs or a complete replacement. The average air conditioning unit lasts between 10 to 15 years. Maintenance is the key to ensuring that your heating and cooling system works optimally while also ensuring its longevity. Deciding when to replace your AC unit depends on your home’s temperature and its failure to adjust properly. We outline some of the tell-tale signs your AC unit is floundering below.
AC Not Cooling Enough
Not getting enough cold air can be caused by several reasons, including low Freon levels or a malfunctioning or broken compressor. Depending on the type of repairs needed, you may find replacing the entire unit more cost-effective.
Low Airflow in House
You may still be receiving cold air, but you may have also noticed that the airflow isn’t as strong as it used to be. There are several reasons for this, from a blocked vent to a malfunctioning or broken air compressor.
Water Around AC Unit
While it can be said that condensation around your AC unit is normal, an excessive amount of liquid is not. If you notice large amounts of moisture, it’s possible; a refrigerant leak may be the primary cause. Leaking coolant can affect your health and should be addressed immediately. Also, consider that an excessive amount of water leakage can cause damage to floors and furniture and encourage mold growth which can lead to respiratory issues in susceptible family members.
Is a Noisy Air Conditioner Dangerous?
If you hear odd sounds such as a grinding noise, rattling, banging, squealing, or all manner of other noises, turn off the unit and contact your Hal Mechanical expert technician for assistance. Strange noises are often the precursor of a severe problem, such as a slipping belt or broken motor bearings. When not addressed immediately and left to their own devices, strange noises can lead to expensive repairs or replacement.
Sometimes, problems with your AC unit have nothing to do with the unit itself but with your thermostat. A damaged or malfunctioning thermostat may prevent your AC unit from effectively cooling an area within your home. If some of the rooms are cooled effectively but a single zone isn’t working, your Hal Mechanical expert can diagnose the system to determine if your thermostat is the culprit.
Old AC Unit
The average air conditioning unit will last approximately 10 to 15 years. Upgrading to a newer model has several benefits, including energy efficiency, which will help you save money over time.
Frequent AC Repairs
If you find that your AC unit needs constant maintenance and repairs, you may wish to consider a replacement. Repairs can be expensive, and you may find it more cost-effective to upgrade to a newer model and purchase a maintenance plan to keep the unit running at optimal performance levels.