Is it Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?
Problems with HVAC systems and equipment are not something to be taken lightly. Having an AC unit on the fritz can lead to problems like higher cooling costs, decreased household comfort and even lower indoor air quality. Knowing when to replace HVAC equipment and where to find the best service options and solutions means that any problems home and property owners may experience can be dealt with more quickly and easily. Trying to make do with an AC unit that may be long past its prime could end up costing homeowners more than they might realize.
Inadequate Output or Poor Cooling
Decreased performance is an obvious sign that there may be a problem with the unit or system. A climate control system that may be struggling to cool the home during the hottest part of the day often indicates that it’s time for a new air conditioning unit. Older model units and equipment that may be suffering from wear or an underlying mechanical issue may result in rooms or areas that receive poor or uneven cooling. Homeowners who have noticed that their HVAC system is no longer able to provide the level of performance they have come to expect would do well to call the professionals.
Moisture or Foul Odors
All air conditioners create moisture during the course of normal operations, although units that suffer from a coolant leak or other issue can easily lead to a significant build up. Moisture that has been introduced into the home by a faulty unit can create the perfect environment for molds, mildew or other types of infestation. The presence of standing water, higher than normal levels of interior humidity or strong and unpleasant smells can all indicate the need for a new AC unit. A mold infestation within the home may quickly become uncomfortable, lead to a reduction in air quality and might even pose a health risk to occupants. Homeowners would be wise to take action at the first sign of a problem.
Reduced Air Quality
Mold and mildew are not the only issues that may negatively impact air quality. A broken or malfunctioning AC unit could impede filtration, meaning that climate control systems may be circulating dirt, dust and other debris throughout the home. Air quality can be a significant concern, especially for household members who suffer from allergies or respiratory illnesses. At LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, they have the tools, training, and resources needed to identify and address any mechanical or equipment issues which may be interfering with air quality or household comfort.
The Unit is More Than 10 Years Old
Even the best-designed home appliances can’t last forever. Heavy use, extended operation, and old age can all affect the equipment. Even an AC unit that may still be in good working order may not be able to provide the same level of performance, range of features or the degree of energy efficiency offered by a newer model. Older homes and properties that have been relying on the same HVAC equipment for more than a decade can often benefit by learning more about the latest range of equipment options.
Increased Utility Costs
While cooling the home can be a more expensive proposition during the summer months, property owners who have noticed a sharp spike in their utility bills may have reason to suspect that their AC unit is at fault. Equipment that may be suffering from one or more mechanical issues is rarely able to provide the same level of performance and dependability that owners have come to expect. Higher utility costs that may have no other explanation typically indicate that it may be time to schedule an inspection.
Scheduling an Inspection
While not every problem may require existing AC units to be replaced, professional maintenance and repairs can still make a world of difference. Routine service can extend the operational life of HVAC systems and components. Prompt action should be taken when a problem arises to keep repair costs from getting out of hand. Home and property owners whose existing equipment may no longer be up to the task or who may suspect a problem with their AC unit should not hesitate to call in the professionals. A comprehensive inspection and assessment of existing equipment is often the only way to discover underlying issues that might have otherwise escaped notice.