If your AC is over ten years old, you might be wondering if it’s time to have it replaced. There’s no reason to replace an AC that still works, but recognizing when an air conditioner needs replacement is important as it gets older. Here are some signs that it’s time for a new AC.
Insufficient Cooling and Air Flow
If you turn on the AC and it doesn’t blow cool air or much air at all, it’s struggling. This might point to a problem that can be fixed, but it’s most likely a sign of your AC not working well enough to cool your home properly. This problem will be reflected in energy bills that are higher than average.
Moisture is an inevitable side effect of an air conditioner’s cooling process and should be easily handled by a properly functioning AC system. However, a persistent buildup of moisture or leakage around the AC is a sign of larger problems.
A possible refrigerant leak not only keeps the AC from performing but is also a serious health risk for you and your family. If problems like this occur often, it’s time to replace your AC.
Although scented air from the vents sounds like a cool idea, odors in your home’s air don’t usually compare to the smell of an air freshener. Your AC should blow neutral-smelling air that’s indistinguishable from the rest of air in your home. If this is not the case, especially if the air smells smokey or burnt, there is a major problem that calls for immediate action and might require new AC installation.
Like odors, odd sounds from your air conditioner should not be ignored. Clanking, squeaking and grinding noises in any machine are a surefire sign of a problem, and an AC is no different. It’s important to remember that air conditioners shouldn’t make noise due to age. They are designed to run with little or no sound, so treat any strange noises coming from your AC as a warning that you need a new system.
Lee’s Air & Plumbing offers AC replacement Fresno can trust, so call us today to learn more about whether it’s time to replace your AC.