Replacing your AC might not seem ideal at first, but your energy bill or a home performance audit might tell a different tale. A poorly functioning air conditioner can cause many health-related issues, high energy bills, and even home safety concerns. Let’s take a look at some obstacles we’ve run into with underperforming air conditioners and how we’ve fixed them.
It’s Blowing Warm Air
You definitely don’t want this! If your air conditioner is blowing warm air there could be a multitude of issues ranging from a clogged coil to a refrigerant leak. It could even be a sign to replace the unit altogether. Turn off your AC and call an HVAC technician immediately if it begins blowing air that is not cold. By turning off your AC unit, you’ll protect the equipment and minimize repairs.
Your Unit is Constantly Running
Short cycling is when your AC continues to run or runs in short spurts. This means your air conditioner is overworking itself and there is an issue that needs addressing. One of the more common issues for an AC unit that is constantly running might be an airflow blockage. An airflow blockage can come from an object blocking the blower or restricted airflow from being improperly installed or filters that may need replacing.
However, if neither of these solves the problem, there may be a complication with the blower itself. The current unit you are using may be too small or not the right type of cooling system for your home, the evaporator coil may be dirty, frozen, or in need of replacement, or your ductwork is damaged.
Whining, Banging, Squeaking, or Clanking Sound Coming From A/C Unit
The only sound that should be coming from your AC is the blowing of air. If you are hearing any other noises, you should call a HVAC technician immediately as the belt may need replacing and this must be done in a timely manner. Again, there should not be any loud noises from the HVAC system so if another part of the unit is damaged and causing a ruckus, it is likely indicating that it is in need of or beyond repair.
Your Electricity Bills Are High
There is a myriad of reasons your HVAC is causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Air conditioners tend to become less efficient over time and often the electricity bill and price of repairs are more costly than a replacement. Consider a home energy audit to see where your system falls on the efficiency scale.
Humidity Is Not Being Removed Well Enough
Feeling a little stuffy in your home? That is a definite sign of something wrong with your systems. As part of the cooling process, humidity should be reduced by the AC unit. If your humidity levels are high, you should consider getting an assessment conducted to check for signs of necessary repair or replacement.
You’ve Called For Service or Repairs A Lot Recently
Besides routine check-ups and maintenance, your AC unit should not be receiving very many repairs. If you’ve called HVAC professionals more than a few times this year, it could save you a lot of money to just replace the system.
Very Little Air Is Blown Through A/C Vents
Restricted airflow could be an easy fix or cause for a total systems replacement. If you’re using the proper air filter and there is no blockage to the blower but there still isn’t very good circulation, it could be time to replace your unit.
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