Although this winter has been particularly long, the warmer months are right around the corner. Is your AC unit ready? Is it in good enough condition to last another summer? These are important questions to ask yourself before it’s too late. Make sure you’re prepared for the sweltering heat to seat in and check the functionality of your AC unit today.
Marked warning signs could indicate that an AC malfunction is in your future. To avoid calling your HVAC specialist for potentially costly emergency services, know how to spot impending AC failure early on and call for help before it’s too late. While the cost of a new AC unit may seem upsetting in this moment, an antiquated unit could be wasting you hundreds of dollars in energy costs.
Don’t be duped by your AC unit that still miraculously “kind of” works. Invest in your comfort this spring and install a brand-new, power saving unit. Without further delay, here are some early signs that your AC won’t make it through the summer.
Lack of Cool Air
If your AC unit isn’t blowing cool air, you might as well start charging it rent as all it’s doing is taking up space. This is one of the telltale signs of an AC that needs to be retired. Over time, AC units are prone to internal issues that can result in malfunction. If the AC seems to be blowing cool air but the room is still uncomfortable, this is indicative of your unit being the wrong size for the room.
Regardless of what’s causing the problem, don’t waste the power running an AC that’s not properly cooling your home. Invest in one that will.
If your AC is more than 10 years old and requires repairs, you’re much more likely to save money by replacing it. While a good AC unit can last up to 15 years, if your unit is already less-than-new and you’re spending money to repair it, chances are it will need more maintenance in the near future.
There’s also a good chance that a model over 10 years old isn’t nearly as energy-efficient as current models. Changing out your antiquated HVAC system for an up-to-date, power saving system can cut your energy costs by up to 40%. This means that you stand to save hundreds or potentially thousands of dollars per year on your heating and cooling bills.
Noises, Smells, and Leaks
Strange noises and smells are indicative of a potential malfunction as well as poor air quality. If your AC is making a clunking or grinding noise, this could mean that the fan or belt are not functioning as they should. This can lead to moisture retention, dust intake, or mold growth, all of which diminish the quality of air coming from your unit.
If you notice a leak, call an HVAC service right away as refrigerant leaks are potentially dangerous. Leaks are also a sure sign that something’s not right with your unit and that AC failure is likely to occur.
If you notice any of these signs, don’t wait. Call about AC repair or installation today.