10 Signs Your AC Needs Repair or Replacement

When the summer heat hits, your air conditioner becomes your best friend. But how do you know that your AC won’t leave you sweaty and suffocating in peak hours? If your air conditioner has the following problems, it might be time for repair or replacement. 

1. Weak Airflow:

If your AC isn’t blowing cold air as it used to, it might imply a clogged filter, failing compressor, or ductwork issues. Weak airflow can lead to inefficient cooling and higher energy bills.

2. Strange Noises:

Unusual sounds like squealing, grinding, or banging coming from your AC unit are a clear signal that something is not right. These noises can indicate worn-out or loose components, and they should be addressed to avoid more costly issues.

3. Odd Odors:

Foul or musty odors when your AC is running can be caused by mold, mildew, or even burned-out wire insulation. Breathing moldy air from your AC can lead to respiratory issues, allergic reactions, infections, and more. Don’t hesitate to get this checked out asap.

4. Frequent Cycling:

If your AC frequently turns on and off, known as short cycling, it can wear out the compressor and other components earlier than it should. This issue might require professional repair to maintain peak efficiency.

5. Inaccurate Thermostat:

If your thermostat readings don’t match the actual room temperature, it could lead to uneven cooling or heating. A malfunctioning thermostat might need replacement.

6. Leaking Water:

If you notice water pooling around your indoor unit or leaking from it, it’s a clear indication of a problem. This could be due to a clogged drain, a refrigerant leak, or other issues that require prompt attention.

7. Rising Energy Bills:

An unexpected increase in your energy bills can be a sign that your AC is working harder than it should due to inefficiencies. Regular maintenance can help keep energy costs in check.

8. Uneven Cooling:

If some rooms in your home are colder or hotter than others, it could be due to ductwork problems, blocked vents, or issues with your AC unit. An HVAC professional can help diagnose and fix the problem.

9. Old Age:

Air conditioners typically last 15-20 years. If your unit is approaching or exceeding this age range, it might be more cost-effective to replace it with a newer, energy-efficient model.

10. Frequent Repairs:

If you find yourself calling for AC repairs every year, it might be more economical to invest in a new unit. Frequent breakdowns can add up in repair costs over time.

Don’t wait until your AC breaks down on a record-breaking summer day. Keep an eye out for these signs, and if you notice any, contact Earth Air Systems for a thorough inspection. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your unit, but if it’s time for a replacement, consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model for extra comfort and savings in the long run.