In the winter, when you should be getting your air conditioning unit serviced, it’s easy to forget. After all, you don’t generally need to use it. Of course, neglecting servicing increases the likelihood of issues when you really need to use it.
It’s a good idea to speak to your local industrial air conditioning specialist and get your unit serviced. It can help it to last longer and prepare you for when it needs to be replaced. It’s also useful to know the most common signs that the air conditioner needs replacing.
This may seem ageist but the simple truth is that air conditioners have a finite life. If properly and regularly maintained a unit should last roughly 20 years. As soon as your unit is older than this you’re going to need to monitor it and be prepared to replace it.
Of course, if it hasn’t been well maintained the lifespan will be shorter.
Rising Energy Bills
This one can be a little harder to judge as energy bills have been rising a lot in recent months. That can make it hard to track if anyone appliance is increasing your bills. You can use smart technology to monitor electrical usage. Any appliance that starts to use more electricity s becoming less efficient. In all likelihood, it has an issue and needs to be looked at. But, the truth is your unit will probably need to be replaced.
Blowing Warm Air
When your air conditioner blows warm air instead of cold it can mean the thermostat is incorrectly set or broken. But, it can also mean that the unit has a refrigerant leak or an issue with one of the other mechanical parts. In some cases, these can be replaced. But, in many cases, it is simply a sign that your unit needs to be replaced.
This is especially true of older units that may rely on a refrigerant that is no longer available.
Strange Noises &Smells
If you notice strange noises and smells coming from the unit then it won’t surprise you to learn it has an issue. The only question is how serious is the issue? To find out you’ll need to contact a specialist who will check your air conditioning unit and find out what the fault is.
If you’re lucky, a part can simply be replaced. But, again, the older the unit the less likely that this will be the case. Parts may no longer be made or the issue may simply not be fixable.
In this case, you’ll need to replace the air conditioner with a modern, more efficient version.
Moisture Levels Are Increasing
Air conditioners blow cool air into your home. As cold air is not as capable of carrying moisture compared to warm air, the colling function should lower humidity in your home.
Unfortunately, when your air conditioner is on its last legs, the evaporator coil may have a reduced ability to extract moisture from the air, creating higher levels of moisture in your home.
It’s another sign you’re going to need to invest ina new air conditioning unit.