Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Maintenance, Repairs, or Replaced
Knowing whether your air conditioner requires repairs, maintenance, or a complete replacement can be tricky. Below will provide you the signs of each so you can make an informed decision.
Signs your Air Conditioner Needs Maintenance
Signs your AC unit might require maintenance are:
1) It's Not Running Efficiently
Your HVAC tech can come to your home during your pre-season tune-up and make minor adjustments, ensuring your system is both effective and efficient, which will help keep your utility bills to a minimum as well as your repair needs.
2) It's Taking Longer to Make your Home Comfortable
By scheduling your maintenance now, it will ensure your AC unit stays reliable, and therefore your home stays comfortable even on the hottest days.
3) It's Past Due
If you're past due for maintenance, don't hesitate to make that appointment. Skipping out on maintenance could lead to the need for AC repairs down the road. During maintenance appointments the tech will look for any potential repairs needed during their inspection and will take care of them so they don't become bigger problems.
Signs your Air Conditioner Needs Repairs
If you notice any of these warning signs, you will want to give your HVAC tech a call to come and make repairs on your AC unit.
1) Blowing Warm Air
If you notice warm air blowing from the vents around your home, first you'll want to check the thermostat and ensure it's on "cooling" mode and set lower than the current temperature of your home. If it is and you're noticing warm air blowing from your vents, it could be a compressor issue or restricted airflow - either way, you'll need to have it repaired.
2) Frequent Cycles
Your AC unit should operate through relatively routine cool cycles, regardless of the weather. While on hot days you can expect more activity from your AC unit, it shouldn't be cycling on and off continuously. If it is, it could be a problem.
3) Water Leaks
Your AC unit might produce a little condensation while it runs because it's relying on refrigerant in order to cool your home. But, these liquids shouldn't leak into or accumulate into your home. If you see an active leak or pooled water, you need a repair.
Signs your Air Conditioner Needs to Be Replaced
There are numerous signs you require an air conditioner replacement, a few include:
1) It's Old
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is around 10 to 15 years. If it's older than that, it's simple, you need to replace it if you want the same efficiency as you've been receiving.
2) It Needs to Be Repaired Frequently
Your air conditioner shouldn't require frequent repairs. In fact, anything over one or two repair every few years is too much. If your AC unit is requiring more than this, you should consider replacing it.
3) It Isn't Keeping You Cool Any Longer
The main role of your AC unit is to keep you comfortable and cool when the outdoor temperatures are warm. If your air conditioner is no longer able to keep up with the demands of cooling your home down, you probably should consider a replacement.
Why a Whole House Fan is Better than Air Conditioning
Everyone wants to stay cool and comfortable when the temperatures outdoors are warm. But, not many want a huge utility bill that constantly running an air conditioner would cause.
One great solution is a whole house fan.
Whole house fans cost less to operate compared to AC units and generally use less energy, depending on how much you use it.
They're faster at cooling a hot home down too since they literally remove the hot air and replace it with fresh, cooler air from the outdoors. Using your whole house fan in the evening when the air is cooler outdoors will allow you to keep your AC off for several hours the next day.
Whole house fans are also easier to install and most are designed to accommodate the current construction and design of modern homes. Contact us today at WholeHouseFan.com at 1-888-229-5757 if you have any questions about our most popular whole house fans or our QuietCool whole house fans.