Problems with your AC never seem to happen at a convenient time. Oftentimes it seems they only break down when they’re working hard on a very hot day. Usually, all you need to do is call us to come and fix it. However, the problem might actually be a sign that your AC is good and gone. But how do you tell the difference between some basic repairs and a complete breakdown? Read our guide to learn whether you need AC repair or replacement.
Do you need an AC repair or replacement? First, here are some signs it just needs repairing:
Thermostat not working
Your thermostat acts as the command center for your AC. Its job is to tell the AC how much cool air to generate and constantly take measurements to make sure its working right. When the AC won’t turn on or won’t stay on for long, the thermostat might have a problem. You’ll need a trained technician to look at the thermostat, as they have plenty of complex electrical components.
Strange, loud noises
For the most part, ACs are very quiet when they run. Because of this, if you hear any loud scraping, rattling, or banging noises, you know there’s a problem. There are a few different things that could be causing the noise. There might be a part loose or broken, a component might need lubrication, or a belt might have slipped out of place. Whatever it is, it can be damaging and costly if not repaired. If your AC is being noisy, call us right away!
A leaky AC can be a sign of a serious repair job. If the AC is leaking water or has ice inside it, that’s just a problem with a drain tube. The water can cause some mold and mildew, but it could be worse. What you really have to worry about is your AC having a refrigerant leak. Not only is Freon poisonous, but the leak is a serious AC problem. Whatever problem you have, call one of our technicians ASAP.
Increased energy bills
Have you noticed you’re paying more for your bills than you normally do? That might be a sign your AC is becoming less efficient. As your AC gets worn down, it takes more effort on its part to get the same results. This increased effort can also reduce your AC’s overall lifespan, so it’s a good idea to get it checked out.
Obviously, you bought an AC to cool your house, not sit around looking pretty. If it’s not keeping the house comfortable during hot weather, it’s time to give it an examination.
If the air in your home is starting to smell strange, there might be trouble. If your AC is poorly maintained, mold might be growing on the coil inside the unit. When your AC is operating, it’ll spread that mold through the air. That musty smell could be a sign of mold in either the unit or the duct work. Alternatively, the wire insulation inside your AC might be burnt out. Either way, it’s worth calling in a professional to fix the issue.
A similar issue to the air being hot is the airflow not being strong enough. It might be an issue with the AC’s compressor or possibly the ducts themselves. There’s definitely some uncertainty in this issue, so it’s a good idea to call a professional to diagnose the issue.
Next, here are some signs you should schedule a replacement:
The AC reached retirement age
How long have you owned your current AC? According to the National Association of Home Builders, a well-maintained AC unit should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If your AC has reached this point and isn’t working like it used to, it might be time to retire it. It may seem like a major cost, but don’t worry! You can use this opportunity to purchase a modern unit that’s more energy efficient.
Your AC needs frequent repairs
You may want to keep an AC operational for a good while through repeated repairs. However, doing this may eventually lead you to spend more than you would from getting a replacement. This is more likely if your warranty has expired and isn’t helping with repair costs. Next time, you may have to ask yourself if this is a case for another AC repair or a replacement job?
The AC has a refrigerant leak
A refrigerant leak is a serious problem with your AC. The leaking coolant can pose a health risk to your family and the water leakage can damage your home. It’s possible to fix serious leaks by getting a new coil, but it might be a sign you should get a new AC.
Your AC is making strange noises
Is your AC operating louder than it normally does? AC units are supposed to run quietly, so any grinding, banging, or rattling noises are a major concern. These noises can represent something like a slipped belt or broken motor bearings. If these issues aren’t fixed quickly, you’ll have a costly repair or replacement on your hands.
A repair would cost too much
Sometimes replacement parts and repairs for your AC don’t justify their high costs. It gets more unappealing when you’re talking about a unit with an expired warranty. If this is the case, you should pick up a new unit and get a new warranty.
The AC air isn’t cold
If you turn on the AC and cool air doesn’t come out within a few minutes, there’s a problem. A wide variety of issues can cause this problem, like low Freon levels or a broken compressor. Whatever the case may be, it’s an obvious sign that your AC has an issue.
What makes Papalia Home Services one of the area’s best home service companies?
If you live in the Boston Metro West Area, you can call on Papalia Home Services to help you with your home service issues. In fact, we can back up our years of experience with the Angie’s List Super Service Awards we’ve won. No matter the time, our employees are capable of bringing their award-winning service to your home. If you need a company to perform an AC repair or replacement, call the experts at Papalia Home Services!
By Brian Renadette