Signs It Is Time to Replace Your AC Unit
Whether it is due to lack of time, laziness or pure sentimentality, a lot of people usually put off replacing their air conditioning units until the last minute. A properly functioning AC is a modern comfort that most homeowners have grown acquainted to. Some people have no qualms keeping the system for one or two decades, reasoning it is too costly and much of a hassle to get a new one. Well, what most homeowners do not realize is that holding on to a malfunctioning AC unit may end up costing you more. But how do you know that your unit is not working optimally? Well, if you notice any of the following signs, it might be time you considered an AC replacement.
You Are Not Getting Cold Air
Perhaps it is obvious, but if you are not getting any cool air, then something might be wrong with your unit. From a broken compressor to low refrigerant levels, any number of issues could be a contributor. When you notice issues with cool air, you should call in a professional who has experience in air conditioning units. There is no reason to wait to beat the heat and if the repair is extensive, you might want to consider replacing the unit instead.
The AC Smells Awful When Turned On
Your air conditioning unit is not supposed to give out odours, so if it does, then something is certainly wrong. A pungent smell in this regard usually shows that the wire insulation inside the system has burned out and a musty smell most likely means there is mould somewhere in the ductwork or the unit itself. This is an issue that you need to have checked as soon as possible because it can make you and your loved ones ill.
The Thermostat isn’t Working
This is the command central for your unit as it tells it how much cool air it should generate, and taking measurements to ensure it is doing its job. So, if the air conditioner will not turn on, or runs for a short period before it turns off, then that is an indication that the thermostat is malfunctioning and no longer gauges if the system is functioning or not. For thermostat issues, it is also recommended that you get an HVAC technician to check it out. That’s primarily because there are sophisticated electronic components involved with this part of the system. If the thermostat is the issue, you might be lucky enough to have it replaced, instead of the entire system.
You Have Had the Unit For More than 10 years
The average air conditioning system lasts about 10 years. If yours is older than that, know that you’ve had an excellent return on your investment. However, with the current models focusing on energy efficiency, you’re likely to save more money in the long haul. When the system breaks down, you should seriously consider upgrading to a newer model.
You Are Hearing Weird Sounds That You Have Not Before
Do you hear rattling, squealing, banging, loud grinding and other sounds that just do not seem right? Well, if that is the case, you should get a technician to look at it as soon as possible. These sounds usually indicate a serious issue like broken motor bearings or the belt slipping out of place. Such could result in a costly repair or even a replacement if not addressed as soon as possible.
Moisture leaks in or around the unit is a severe issue. In most serious cases, this reflects a refrigerant leak. Freon or R-22 is poisonous and so, you should call a professional immediately. However, in less severe cases, it may be water as the tube that disposes of condensation is broken or blocked. This can manifest in a number of ways. Sometimes, you will notice water leaking onto the floor from the unit and other times you may see ice inside the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, particularly on the refrigerant lines that go outside the condenser. These are signs that you should contact a professional as it could call for a replacement if not fixed early enough.
The AC is Not Removing Humidity Adequately
Part of the ACs role is to eliminate humidity in your home. So, if you start noticing moisture inside your home even when the unit is running, then it may need fixing or replacing, depending on the severity of the issue.
The Air Flow is Not That Great
Perhaps you are getting cool air throughout the house, but you have noticed that the air conditioner is not pushing air out in the manner is used to. This could mean an array of things, including problems with the units compressor or damaged/blocked vents. While it is possible to have an expert manage the repairs, they can be quite costly depending on the age of the system as well as the extent of the damage. If the costs run too high, then you might want to consider getting a new unit.
Issues With the Unit are Becoming More Frequent
If you keep calling the HVAC technician for repairs a few times a year, then perhaps it is time you called it quits and buy a new unit. Sooner or later, it will be more cost effective to just replace the air conditioner. After all, repairs that are not covered by a home warranty can be quite expensive. While air conditioner breakdowns usually leave renters and homeowners with rage, when you are covered under a home warranty, these problems do not have to break your bank. As a matter of fact, you may not need a replacement after all. So, consider getting a coverage plan if you already haven’t.
Your AC Uses Freon
In order to conserve energy and reduce pollution, the government is replacing R-22 Freon with alternative refrigerant by Bluon, which is more reliable and efficient. That means that the cost of R-22 is rising and so, it might be high time that you considered buying a new unit if yours is using Freon.