As the hot summer months quickly approach, the best way to fight the rising temperatures is making sure your air conditioning system is in top shape.
With usual maintenance, your air conditioning should perform efficiently and keep you cool even in the hottest of LA temperatures.
However, even with the most routine maintenance, your air conditioning unit will suffer from wear and tear over the years and ultimately will need to be replaced. Here are a few telltale signs your old air conditioning unit will just not do anymore:
Warm Air Blowing Out the Vents
The air conditioner has been running for some time now, and rather than the room seeming refreshingly cooler, it has surprisingly gotten warmer! What happened?
Your air conditioner may be running out of Freon gas or the compressor may have started failing, and so instead of the blast of cold air you were expecting, all you’re getting is a feeble gust of warm air.
If this happens a number of times, even after regular maintenance, you may want to start looking for newer, better options for your air conditioning needs.
Running into a few issues with your unit per year is not usually much of a problem, but if you have been shelling out bucks for repairs three to four times a month, it might be time to consider getting a new unit altogether. You may think you’re saving money by spending it on repairs rather than replacement, but the regular breakdowns are actually costing you more than a total replacement would.
You’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night scared out of your wits because of a steady crunching, grinding or squealing noise coming out of somewhere, only to find out it was just the air conditioner.
You know the loud noises we’re talking about here. These are usually a cause for concern and need to be looked at as soon as possible, as it usually happens because a belt inside the unit is slipping out of place and can cause serious damage if not immediately dealt with.
The Unit is More Than 10 Years Old
Older units are generally less environmentally friendly, use more energy and thus are also less cost-efficient. Since the ban of the refrigerant R-22, prices of gas has skyrocketed, thus making repairs of older units costly and impractical. Switching to a newer unit not only reduces your carbon footprint but also helps you save money on utility bills.
Frequent Gas Leakages
Freon, the gas or liquid used as a refrigerant in most air conditioning units, is poisonous. So any signs of a leakage are to be dealt with promptly, to prevent any serious problems from occurring.
In less serious cases, the leakage could just be water leaking out of the tube that disposes of condensation. However, it is always advisable to consult a professional on any sign of a leakage immediately.
The Electricity Bill Skyrocketed
A sudden spike in your electricity bill is a clear sign that something in the air conditioning unit is not working as well as it should. Older units generally use up more energy than newer models as more and more cost-effective models are created every year, so if the advanced age of your unit is the reason for you having to pay big bucks, you might need an upgrade.
The Air Smells Bad
If the air from your unit has started to stink, you could be looking at a case of burnt wires, mold buildup or just the loss of ability of filters to detoxify the air over years of use. Over time, air filters lose their ability to get rid of allergens from the air which can cause disease and aggravate respiratory issues.
With almost a decade of experience, we at Y and C Construction, will help you decide when to replace your air conditioner and help you choose the very best air conditioning system to suit your needs. If you live in the Los Angeles County area and require installation services for your new AC, we are the company to go for!