Your air conditioner removes heat and humidity from your home to create a comfortable living space. Fall is perfect for an AC inspection since the weather is cooler. There are multiple ways to tell if you need to replace your AC this fall.
1. Air From AC Doesn’t Seem Right
The air from the AC can indicate an issue with the system. Warm air coming from the vents usually means there’s a broken part. An odd smell from the vent could be a health risk to you and your family.
You may be getting less airflow, too, if you have an issue, which makes your system work harder to keep your home comfortable. Common issues include air duct leaks, a clogged filter, or the AC unit’s blower motor. Our HVAC technicians can inspect your system to determine what the issue is. If your AC system is simply old and the parts keep failing, it may be time to replace it.
2. Rising Electric Bill
Your electric bill could be higher because of broken or failing parts. Another reason may be that your AC is struggling to keep your home cool and is using more energy than usual. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to replace an AC than to repair it when there are multiple things wrong at once.
3. End of Its Lifespan
Once an AC is at least a decade old, it’s probably nearing the end of its lifespan. Identifying issues and getting annual inspections can prolong the life of your HVAC system, but there are limits. Scheduled checkups are good for the system, but you shouldn’t be calling technicians often.
If repair calls become frequent, your AC may be reaching the end of its life. You’ll want your AC functioning when the weather starts warming up again. Replacing an AC is cheaper than repairing a failing one.
4. Thermostat Not Working With AC
The command center of any AC system is the thermostat, which controls your home’s temperature. The thermostat lets the cold air flow and measures the air to take your home’s temperature. An AC that often turns off and on isn’t connecting to the thermostat.
5. Signs of Leaks Coming From the AC Unit
Leaks have different causes, but it’s usually moisture buildup or leaking refrigerant. Either way, a leak means your AC isn’t working correctly and needs an HVAC technician to investigate. Refrigerants are harmful to your health, and water can damage your home over time.
6. Strange Noises While AC Is Running
You know what your AC sounds like when it’s running, so any odd noises should be alarming. Scraping or grinding are noises you hear when parts are wearing out. Ignoring such noises can cause motor failure and lead to the replacement of your AC.
There are many ways to tell when your AC unit is failing and needs replacement. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to replace a unit rather than repair the same issues. If you need AC replacement services in Clinton Township, MI, call us at North Wind Heating & Air Conditioning for an appointment today.