It is the height of summer, and it is now, more than ever, that you really need your air conditioner to be performing well. You air conditioner keeps you cool during the day, lets you rest during hot summer evenings, and eliminates that sticky, muggy feeling that goes along with many North Carolina days. But the summer is also the time when many air conditioners that are nearing their end decide to finally die, leaving their owners with a hot and sweaty house. How can you know if there is something wrong with your air conditioner, and if it is time to replace it? Read on to find out more, and who to call if you find yourself in need of some cool air.
If your air conditioner is already 10 years old (or older) you should keep an eye on it for any signs of failure. A well-maintained air conditioner lasts about 15 years, but if you are facing expensive repairs after 10 years, it may make more sense to replace rather than repair. A newer air conditioner will be more efficient as well, so replacement is something to consider even if you are not experiencing any functionality issues. If you have moved into a new home, make sure you find out how old the air conditioning unit is so you will know around when it should need to be replaced. Keeping your eye on an older unit can help you spot potential problems before you are stranded in your hot house in the middle of the summer.
While you may think that all an air conditioning unit does is keep your home cool, think again! Your air conditioner also removes humidity from the air, keeping your home not only cool, but dry and comfortable. If you are noticing excess humidity in your home, you may need to have your unit looked at.
Yes, there will be some noise when an air conditioning unit is operating, but it will be minimal. The blowing air, and the noise of the condenser are normal sounds, but if you are noticing other noises you should have your air conditioner looked at. Squealing, scraping, and grinding are all sounds that indicate there is some sort of problem. If there are loose pieces you want to get your unit looked at right away to avoid further damage.
Normally, you won’t ever smell anything from your air conditioner while it is on. If you are smelling anything funny when you are using your unit, it could be the wire insulation has burned out. If you smell something musty or mildewy, it probably means that mold is somewhere in the unit or even the ductwork. You want to have everything looked at to ensure that the air in your home is clean and free from all harmful mold. Mold, mildew, and even excessive dust can all cause health issues, and are not something you want blowing into your home.
If your air conditioner is working, but is not quite right, it could just be the thermostat to blame. If your air conditioner blows cool air, but doesn’t run for long enough, the thermostat may need to be replaced. Consider yourself lucky if this is the only fix you need—a thermostat is much less expensive than replacing the whole unit. If you always need to set the desired temperature over or under your target range, your thermostat may be the culprit and needs to be replaced.
If your older air conditioner runs on R22 Freon, you should look into having it replaced. R22 Freon is being phased out and replaced with the more environmentally friendly R410a Freon. Older units cannot use the newer refrigerant, and will need to be replaced when they have problems. If you see any moisture leaking around your HVAC system, or even ice on any of the parts, it could mean that toxic Freon is leaking out and needs to be addressed immediately. Also, the cost of R22 Freon is rising exponentially, and a recharge could end up costing you so much that a replacement would be better.
If you are frequently needing to repair your air conditioner, it may be time for a new one. Repairs can add up and end up costing you as much as a new unit! Evaluate if you are repairing the same issues over and over and whether a new air conditioner might be the best choice.
Rising Electric Bill
If your electric bill seems to be steadily increasing, or you have seen a large jump in your bills while you are running your air conditioner, your unit may be to blame. Air conditioners that are not efficient will cost you more money, and you will see that every month on your utility bill. If you want to keep your bills low, a newer, more efficient, air conditioner is the answer.
Not Enough Air
Maybe the air coming out of your vents is cold, but there just isn’t enough of it. Weak air flow doesn’t cool your home properly, and indicates that there is a problem with your compressor or with your ducts. If you have issues with not enough air coming through your vents, it might be time to get a new air conditioner.
Your Home Isn’t Comfortable
Probably the number one issue that will lead you to consider a new air conditioning unit is when your home is no longer comfortable in hot weather. If you have warm air blowing out of your vents your air conditioner is not doing its job and probably needs replacement. If your air conditioner runs all day and your home is still not comfortable, it is not performing where it should be. The purpose of your air conditioner is to keep your home cool, remove humidity from the air, and to make your home enjoyable year round. Consider a new air conditioning unit to make your home comfortable and cool.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, and think that a new HVAC system may be in your future, Comfort Specialties in Greenville is here to assist you! This is the season when you need your air conditioner the most—don’t settle for a unit that doesn’t do the job. Call us today to get started!