Your air conditioning system is doing a lot more work than you might realize. Between vapor compression, electrical, water drainage, and air quality, your air conditioner works hard to keep your home cool. As your air conditioning system ages and especially if it hasn’t been maintained well over its lifespan, a lot can go wrong. Here are a few things to look for if you suspect your air conditioning system is on it’s last leg.
Air conditioners will usually make some noise and are often never totally silent, between the compressor, blower motor, and airflow. But there are some noises that should prompt your attention if you hear them:
Grinding: if you notice the sound of grinding or screeching noises, you may be experiencing a failing blower motor
Clicking: if you hear a rapid clicking noise as you’re trying (and struggling) to turn on your air conditioning unit, it may be a sign of an electrical issue
Duct noises: Rattling, banging, and whooshing sounds coming from the air vents are often caused by poor ductwork. Ensuring an annual ductwork inspect and cleaning will help prevent or catch these problems early, before they have the chance to affect your air conditioning system and lead to costly repairs
If you experience problems with you air conditioning unit in the middle of summer, you’re likely going to call in an HVAC expert for a quick repair so you can get back to being cool. But have your repair calls become frequent in the last few years? If so, you may want to talk to your HVAC technician about the lifespan and health of your A/C unit. Discussing your options and getting a free quote on a new air conditioning system may be a big investment upfront, but the cost of repairs may take a toll in the long run. Make sure to factor in A/C unit purchase, installation, energy usage, and maintenance costs.
Higher energy bills
An older or damaged air conditioning unit typically uses more energy than it needs to help regulate the temperature in your home. As a result of poor performance, you energy bills may begin to increase as your air conditioning system fails.
Eventually you’ll need to replace your air conditioning system, as none of them last forever. Rather than waiting until the last minute, when you’re sitting uncomfortably in sweat in the mid-summer heat, be proactive. Start planning your new system purchase now by getting quotes and talking with reliable HVAC professionals, like those at A-Abel. We’ve been helping homeowners for decades and can provide you with a free estimate, as well financing solutions to help you afford your new investment. Contact us today for more info.