As the temperatures rise, we all ask for more service from our homes’ air conditioners. While these units are designed to handle any demand, their summer workload can reveal latent issues or lead to outright failure. To prevent the loss of your AC service when you need it most, pay attention to the following signs. When they begin to appear, you’ll need to consider the need for a new air conditioner.
No Cool Air
The most obvious sign that your AC needs replacement is a total lack of cool air. This could result from a number of issues, from a malfunctioning thermostat to a failed compressor. Regardless, the age of your device and the extent of required repairs should provide key indicators over whether the time has come for replacement.
Two fluids, refrigerant, and water, can appear to indicate a need for AC repair or replacement. If you begin to find water around your unit or leaking through your ceiling, then your AC has condensation problems. An air conditioner will naturally create condensation, though it should be eliminated through a special drainage pipe. The appearance of refrigerants presents a much more serious issue. If you unit has begun to leak its coolant, stay away from the chemical and call a professional. Whereas a water leak can generally be repaired, coolant leaks can require a whole new AC.
A well-maintained air conditioner can last in excess of 10 years. If your device has met or surpassed this mark, schedule an inspection with a trusted professional. At the very least, improved energy efficiency in newer models can provide a reason for replacement. As your energy bills go down, a new AC can pay for itself in a remarkably short period of time.