4 Signs Your AC is on its Way Out
August 25th, 2016 by THS
You’re going happily about your business in your home with the AC blasting, cooking, doing laundry, relaxing in front of the TV. But maybe you start noticing it’s constantly running, kicking on all the time. Perhaps the cool air you were used to just isn’t as cool as it once was. Nothing causes a homeowner to break out in a cold sweat more than knowing their AC is on the fritz during the hottest stretch of the summer.
What could be happening? Let’s go over four signs your AC has one foot in the grave.
1. Have you been neglecting your AC unit?
Be honest. When’s the last time you scheduled service for your air conditioner? In order to work properly when you want it to, your AC needs regular maintenance and upkeep or else it can fall into disrepair and cost you even more money for inefficient operation in the long run. Every spring before turning your AC on for the season, you should schedule a routine cleaning and inspection that can check for any problems that could get worse if not addressed.
2. Are you using your AC properly?
Don’t laugh. Many people simply aren’t using their AC the way they should to ensure optimal cooling efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy advises closing all windows and doors in the house in an effort to isolate the room or rooms you want to cool down. Close vents to these rooms too. This way, you’re cooling off only the rooms you use and not the ones that lie dormant for much of the year, such as guest rooms.
3. Was your AC unit properly installed?
Many problems arise from faulty installation in the first place. Faulty installation can lead to leaky ducts, low airflow and inefficient operation. This is why it’s so important to choose skilled HVAC technicians who not only can install the unit correctly but also detect problems regarding refrigerant charging, for example. It’s necessary for your technician to know when to add refrigerant and when to hold off by locating the source of a possible leak first.
4. Are you experiencing leaks, strange noises and inefficient operation?
All of these problems could stem from anything from electric control failure to sensor and drainage problems. Popular Mechanics says common signs of problems you should be on the lookout for include:
- A unit that runs but no cool air comes out
- Unit fails to kick on at all
- Pooling leaks at the bottom of the unit
- Dripping circuit breaker
- Unit constantly cycles on and off
- Air output isn’t as cool as it once was
- Unit takes much longer to cool the home than it used to
Any of these issues requires the attention of an HVAC professional skilled in air conditioner repair. In any of the above circumstances, your course of action will depend on many factors, such as the age of the unit, your budget and the specific problem. If you notice your existing cooling system isn’t working as it should, you generally have two choices available to you: repair or replace. You HVAC technician will be able to help you make this decision depending on how much the replacement parts will be as opposed to investing in a whole new unit. The amount of times you’ve had the same problem fixed is also a factor.
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