When you use an old and outdated air conditioner, your system may not be as efficient as you hope. Using an inefficient system can cost you money and make your Annapolis, MD, home uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are several common signs that indicate it’s time to buy a new central air conditioner. Here are five of them:
Not Getting Cold Air
If your home always feels warm, your air conditioning system isn’t producing enough cold air. You should never repair an AC system that’s older than 15 years; chances are, it’ll give you trouble again soon. New units are much more efficient. If your air conditioning system is less than 15 years old, multiply the repair cost by the age of the unit. Compare that total to the price of a new unit. If the repair cost is less than the replacement cost, you may want to have your current air conditioner repaired.
Poor Airflow Within Your Home
You may dream of those days when your central air conditioning system kept your whole home cool. But you may realize that those days don’t happen anymore because your AC system isn’t moving as much air. This usually indicates a problem with your central air conditioner’s compressor. These repairs are often among the most expensive that central air conditioner repair professionals make. Therefore, you’ll want to consider if putting a more energy-efficient system in your Annapolis, Maryland, home is the correct move right now.
Moisture and Leakage
If you walk around your unit and notice that the grass is taller around it, chances are that your AC system is leaking. While a small amount of leakage from the evaporator coil is normal, enough to make your grass grow taller is not. Likewise, you should not see standing water around your air conditioner. If the air conditioner is in your home, water coming from it can ruin floor coverings. Leaking coolant can be very harmful to the environment, pets and children. In fact, the coolant can eventually get under the floor covering and rot away your flooring.
If the unit is on your roof, a leaking unit can ruin your roofing materials and the decking underneath. That all adds up to expensive repairs, so a new energy-efficient air conditioner may be the perfect answer.
If you hear odd sounds coming from your air conditioning system, it may be time to replace it. While the sounds may be something simple like a belt that needs replacing or tightening, unusual sounds often mean there’s a problem with the internal bearings. If that’s the case, replacing the unit with a more efficient model is often the right choice. Turn off the unit and leave it off until you get a professional to look at it to prevent even more troubles.
If you find that you’re always calling a service technician to work on your air conditioner, it’s time to buy a new one. The cost of those repairs keeps adding up along with the cost of service calls. Meanwhile, you must keep worrying about when you’ll require the next repair. Take care of the problem by getting a new AC system. If you choose to keep repairing your current unit, chances are that you’re not experiencing efficient cooling.
There are many signs that it’s time to buy a new air conditioner. Go ahead and call Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. today if you want a professional opinion. Our team will be glad to help you decide if you need a new system or a simple repair will fix the issue.
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