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Warning Signs Your AC System is Dying

Air quality, computer technology, water drainage, electrical, and vapor compression – your air conditioner uses and links together a wide array of properties and mechanics to effectively cool your home. As your air conditioning system gests older or if it isn’t properly maintained, then quite a few things may go wrong.

Here you can learn about some of the warning signs that indicate your air conditioning unit is experiencing problems and may mean it is about to die.

Strange Sounds

There is no air conditioner available on the market today that operates with absolutely no sound. Due to fan motors, fluid movement, air distribution, and mechanical compression, the unit is going to make sounds when it turns on. However, there are some sounds that indicate a problem. If you hear any of the following, you will need to call for repairs right away:

  • Duct noises: Wooshing, clamoring, rattling and banging sounds coming from the air vents are typically caused by issues with a fan or pressure/ temperature in the ductwork.
  • Clicking: If the AC system doesn’t turn on or if it makes a fast clicking sound, then there are electrical issues that need to be dealt with.
  • Droning: Whirring noises or laborious droning from the exterior unit indicate serious compressor issues.
  • Grinding: Any type of screeching and grinding noises coming from the interior air handler or the outdoor unit are signs that a motor has begun to fail.

Excessive Repairs

If you have noticed that your air conditioning unit is needing repairs more frequently than in the past, you may find it is best to upgrade to a new unit that carries a warranty. You can speak with your technician about the lifetime costs of various AC models to find the one that is right for you. By upgrading, you can purchase a more efficient system that will keep you comfortable, while keeping costs down.

Higher Energy Bills and Subpar Performance

With all the parts and components of an AC system working together, a single, unresolved problem can lead to another, and another. For example, older compressors may result in an increasing electrical consumption of as much as 40%.  Also, leaky air ducts can result in the AC system having to work harder. In both of these situations, the comfort in your home will suffer, your energy bills will go up and other parts of your air conditioner may begin to fail.

While repairs may help for a little while in the situations listed here, they are typically not going to be a solution that “sticks.” In many cases, the best option is going to be to replace the unit altogether. If you are unsure of what is right for you – repair or replacement – it is best to contact the professionals.

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