Summer is in full swing, which means one thing for many people: it's air conditioning season. If you're like the majority of homeowners, you probably rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool all summer long. But what do you do if it's not keeping you as cool as it used to? Or worse, what if it's constantly breaking down?
In this blog post, we will discuss the signs of an air conditioner in need of replacement. We'll also give you some tips on how to choose the right replacement air conditioner for your home.
Signs You Need a Replacement
If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, it might be time to start thinking about replacing it. Older air conditioners are less efficient and may not be able to keep up with the demand of a hot summer day. If you've seen that your energy bills are going up even though you're not using your air conditioner any more than usual, it's probably time for a new one.
Strange Sounds and Smells
Another sign that it's time for a new air conditioner is if it's making strange noises or smells. Have you heard any strange sounds coming from your air conditioner? If so, it's important to have it checked out by a professional. The same goes for any unusual smells. If your air conditioner is letting off a burning smell, for example, it's definitely time to replace it.
Lack of Airflow
Have you noticed your home isn't cooling like it used to? If you've found your air conditioner is pushing less air through your vents, it could be a sign that your system is no longer able to effectively cool your home.
While this symptom could be a sign that it is time to replace your cooling system, it can also be because of a clog in your piping/ductwork, which limits airflow and will not resolve on its own. This is why it's important to contact a professional who can tell you what the problem is with your system and whether a simple repair will do or the whole unit needs to be replaced.
While it's not uncommon to see some moisture around your system, if you're noticing increased buildup or water pooling around your air conditioner, it's a sign that it's time to replace it. Not only is this a sign that your air conditioner is no longer working properly, but it can also cause mold and mildew growth.
If you see any moisture buildup call a professional to replace your air conditioner. Not only will this keep your home more comfortable, but it will also prevent any health hazards that can come from mold and mildew.
How to Choose the Right Replacement AC
No matter what time of year it is, having a reliable air conditioner is a must. However, with so many different types and models on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Here are a few things to remember when shopping for an air conditioner:
Size of the Unit
Some people believe that a bigger air conditioner will provide better cooling. However, this isn't true because a system too big for your home will power off and on more often, which will increase your energy bills and will reduce your AC's ability to reduce humidity. When choosing your cooling unit, it's best to base its size on the square footage of your house, the amount of insulation in the home, and window size.
Some air conditioners come with built-in fans, timers, and remote controls. Others have special filters to remove allergens or pollutants from the air. Consider what features are most important to you before making your final decision.
Ask a Professional
If you're considering replacing your air conditioner, be sure to consult the team at Aire-Flo Heating & Cooling first. Our team of experts can help you choose the right size and type of air conditioner for your home, as well as give you some tips on how to get the most out of it.
Call us at (614) 585-8944 or contact us online to get started to speak with our technicians and schedule your appointment today!