We are at the peak of summer here in Fargo-Morehead area and imagine what happens when your air conditioner stops working one fine morning. Though the temperatures here don’t sizzle as much as in the south, still it can get uncomfortable when the AC unit stops working suddenly.
Before this situation becomes a reality, make sure you do a thorough plumbing inspection of your air conditioner, so you know if it will last through the summer for you.
Here are some common signs that tell you if it is time to replace your AC.
Age and Condition
In general, air-conditioning units last between 10 to 15 years. If your unit is more than 15 years, then it is definitely time for a replacement. To some extent, the life of the AC depends on how frequently you use it and how well it is maintained. If you have been doing regular plumbing inspection, at least about once a year, then your AC may last longer.
If your AC falls in the 10 to 15-year range, look closely for some of the other signs.
Limited airflow and even a lack of cool air are obvious signs that you need the services of a skilled plumber. When you turn on your AC, you should get cool air within a few minutes. If this is not happening, it could mean there are clogs in your duct that prevent the air from flowing freely.
Regardless of the underlying cause, lack of airflow is a sure sign that your AC needs to be replaced.
All home cooling systems create moisture to some extent, but then the system is conditioned to handle this moisture. But if the moisture is building up too quickly or if a lot of water leaks are happening around the unit, it could mean there is a refrigerant leak in your AC.
This leak not only causes your unit to underperform, but it can also pose a serious health risk to your family.
Sounds and Smells
If your AC is giving out strange noises, it is time for a plumbing inspection. Typically, when you hear noises such as grinding, squeaking or chattering, it is not normal by any standards. Likewise, if a foul smell comes out of your AC unit, it indicates an underlying problem. Your AC is programmed to give out clean air with no smell and minimal sound, but if this doesn’t happen, it is best you reach out to an AC service company for an immediate inspection.
Sudden increase in utility bills
If you’ve been getting unusually high utility bills and cannot attribute it to any other change in your home, your first suspicion should be on your AC unit as it could mean your cooling system is working too hard to give out cool air. Though there could be other reasons for the increase in utility bills such as leaks in windows and walls, consider getting a plumbing inspection done to ensure that your AC is working fine.
Thus, these are some of the obvious signs that indicate that your AC unit should be replaced. Reach out to us for all kinds of AC and HVAC repair, as we are one of the most experienced companies in the Fargo Morehead area.