Like most home utilities, your air conditioner has a finite life span and will need replacement at some point. Knowing the signs that point to buying a new air conditioner can save you the inconvenience of an unexpected breakdown. In this blog, air conditioner repair company J&M shares the signs that you need to get a new AC system.
You’re Not Getting Cold Air
Low air conditioner output can be caused by a combination of factors such as refrigerant leaks and faulty wiring. If you have followed the troubleshooting steps as prescribed by the manufacturer, make an appointment with your HVAC contractor. Air conditioning technicians will only resort to replacement if the unit is beyond repair, or if replacement will cost less, as is often the case with old AC units.
There’s Moisture Around the Unit
Condensation around the AC unit is normal, however, it could be a problem if there’s major leakage around it. If you find leaking water, there could be a problem with the condensate lines, which, in most cases, can be fixed by an air conditioner repair technician by replacing a few parts. Refrigerant leaks will require more work: after addressing the source of the leak, the refrigerant has to be refilled. Sometimes such leaks are beyond repair, which means the AC unit will have to be replaced.
It’s Making Unusual Noises
A properly-working AC unit generally makes a continuous humming noise. If you’re hearing unusual noises like grinding, banging, and squealing sounds, they reflect serious issues with the unit. Calling it in for repairs early may help reduce the damage. But if you’ve been ignoring such sounds, chances are, you’ll need a new AC soon.
Your Air Conditioner Needs Repairs too Frequently
Consider how many AC repair appointments you’ve been setting in the past year. If it’s becoming too frequent, it’s a sign that you’ll need to buy a new air conditioner. The upfront cost may be higher than that of a single repair appointment, but these repair costs could add up quickly. You may end up spending more in the long run by keeping an old AC unit.