The summer heat is just around the corner, and it’s almost time to start up your home’s air conditioning if you haven’t already. An HVAC unit is one of the most valuable appliances in any home. Without a properly working air conditioning system, homeowners won’t be able to live comfortably through the hot Midwest summers.
HVAC breakdowns happen from time to time, which is common with most household appliances. If you notice repeating issues within your HVAC system, they could be signs your air conditioner needs replaced.
At ServiceOne, we provide our customers with the highest quality home services, including heating and air, plumbing, appliance repair and more. Below, we discuss some common issues that could be signs your air conditioner needs replaced!
Rising utility bills
One sign that may indicate that you need a new air conditioner is higher utility bills. Although utility bills can increase due to several factors, air conditioning is one of the greatest factors during the summer months. If you notice that your HVAC system is using more energy than previous months, there may be an underlying issue that you are not aware of. Sometimes only a repair is needed, however, depending on the problem, an entire replacement may be a better investment. If you notice your HVAC system is using more energy than usual, contact a ServiceOne HVAC technician right away and they will help distinguish the issue
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 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.
Inconsistent temperatures in your home
Have you noticed that it is sometimes either too hot or too cold in your home or certain rooms within your home? Although weather temperatures can affect your home’s temperature, more than likely, it’s because your HVAC is not working properly. Just like other signs, only a repair could be needed. However, depending on what the issue is and how often it’s happening could lead you to replacing the entire unit.
Inconsistent and uneven temperatures in your home can also mean that your HVAC unit is either too small or too large for your home. HVAC units usually have lower life spans when they are not the proper size. If this is the case, you may need to replace your HVAC system sooner than you thought.
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.
As you begin to start your air conditioning up this summer, be vigilant of any issues. Finding problems earlier rather than later will help you save money and avoid replacing your entire system. Keep an eye out for these signs your air conditioner needs replaced.
At ServiceOne, our HVAC professionals can handle any problem thrown their way. If you are noticing any issues with your home’s HVAC unit, give us a call today. Our team is always happy to help!