Your home’s air conditioner is possibly the most valuable and reliable appliance in your home. If you are vigilant and take proper care of your air conditioning unit, it can run efficiently for more than 15 years. Unfortunately, your home’s AC may run into some unexpected breakdowns, which is common in almost every appliance, especially as they get older.
The good news is that it does not take a major breakdown to notice if your system needs to be replaced. There are many signs homeowners can be looking out for that are good indicators a replacement may be needed. Here’s what to look out for with your air conditioner!
1. There's no cool air in the room
When you start to notice that your AC is not producing any cold air, it’s obvious that something is not right. Oftentimes this can mean only a simple repair is needed, however, it can also lead to bigger issues. Warm air coming from your air conditioner can be caused by a number of things such as a broken compressor or low freon levels. However, depending on the extent of the repairs, these can be costly, which makes getting a replacement a serious option.
2. The AC is leaking
It is normal for moisture to condense around AC units, but it should not be excessive to the point that it is leaking. Excessive leakage from your air conditioner usually points out a bigger problem with the unit. These issues could range anywhere from a disconnected drain line, clogged drain pan and dirty or frozen coils. Leaking coolant can be a severe health risk for you and your family. If you notice a leak, you should call a professional right away. A professional will figure out if a repair can fix it or whether a new unit is the way to go.
3. Weird noises or more noise than usual
Unusual noises coming from your air conditioner is never a good sign. If your unit is making “grinding” noises, it is usually a good indicator that a repair is needed. Other noises like “squealing” and “rattling” reflect a more serious issue with your unit. These noises can indicate a broken motor bearing or a broken belt. Usually, when your air conditioner makes these types of noises, it is too late for a repair and you will need to look into replacement options.
4. Frequent repairs
If you find that you are making frequent repairs to your air conditioning unit, that may be a sign you have to replace the whole unit. Repairs are vital to any system, however, frequent repairs can be costly. If you are finding yourself constantly calling the professionals, it may be time to start thinking about replacing your whole system.
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