Most AC systems have a long lifetime, and certain maintenance practices help ensure that you get the most out of your air conditioning unit. But the inevitable breakdown of your air conditioner is something you need to be prepared for.
Repairing or replacing your air conditioning system is never on the list of things you want to do. But if you see any of these symptoms popping up, you know it’s time to go on the hunt for a reputable HVAC service technician – either for an emergency diagnosis, to repair the damage, or to give you valuable insight.
Your Air Conditioner Seems To Run All Day
One of the biggest issues with most malfunctioning air conditioning units is that they run around the clock. This can happen due to the system being dirty or low on Freon. If a contactor sticks, the unit will freeze up due to the indoor blower shutting off when the thermostat reaches temperature and the outdoor unit continuing to run.
While it may seem like little more than a nuisance, issues with the contactor wreak havoc on the air conditioning system as a whole. When the unit is unable to turn itself off, the motor burns out far too quickly. An air conditioner unit that is running constantly may experience an early demise as a result.
Your Unit Is Getting Noisy
AC systems are typically very quiet. If you find that your AC unit is suddenly rattling, whirring or humming more loudly than normal, you need to seek the assistance of a trained HVAC expert. These abnormal sounds could be indicative of loose wires or components, obstructions and/or debris buildup. If any of these issues occurs, your air conditioning system may be close to the brink of death.
You Haven’t Looked At Your HVAC Systems In Over A Decade
Many homeowners buy their house complete with an HVAC system and don’t bother to keep an eye on it. Since typical units have a relatively long lifetime, you don’t think about any of your HVAC equipment until it malfunctions.
Newer models of air conditioners are much more efficient than older versions. If your system is ten years old or more, you should begin looking at the new high-efficiency models available today. It’s only a matter of time before your AC unit dies, and in the meantime, you’re spending much more with your inefficient system than you need to.
Your Bills Are Skyrocketing
Your home cooling bills keep going up, but you blame it on “the economy”. Perhaps the problem lies right outside your home! If your AC unit isn’t running efficiently, the cost of using it becomes exorbitant. Whether your utility bills have been steadily climbing over the years or have just begun skyrocketing recently, any increase indicates that your system isn’t running as efficiently as it should.
If your air conditioning system is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to talk to a professional. Make sure you get an expert diagnosis before assuming you need a new unit. When you do need a replacement, due diligence helps you make a decision that keeps your AC unit alive and well for years to come.
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