UPDATED: Signs You Need A New AC Unit

Summer is quickly approaching, which means soon homeowners all over the Midwest will be turning their air conditioners on for the hot months ahead. Without a properly working air conditioner, homeowners won’t be able to live comfortably through the summer heat.

At ServiceOne, we are your air conditioning experts. Our service technicians can make installation, maintenance and repairs on all major brands of air conditioners, as well as answer any of your questions. Air conditioners, sadly, do not last forever, and there are some signs to look out for that may indicate it’s time to replace your existing unit. We go over some of these signs below:

Rising utility bills

One sign that may indicate that you need a new air conditioner is higher utility bills. Although utility bills can increase due to several factors, air conditioning is one of the greatest factors during the summer months. If you notice that your HVAC system is using more energy than in previous months, there may be an underlying issue that you are not aware of. Sometimes only a repair is needed, however, depending on the problem, an entire replacement may be a better investment. If you notice your HVAC system is using more energy than usual, contact a ServiceOne HVAC technician right away and they will help diagnose the issue

Leaking AC

It is normal for moisture to condense around AC units, but it should not be excessive to the point that it is leaking. Excessive leakage from your air conditioner usually points out a bigger problem with the unit. These issues could range from a disconnected drain line to a clogged drain pan or dirty or frozen coils. Leaking coolant can be a severe health risk for you and your family. If you notice a leak, you should call a professional right away. A professional will figure out if a repair can fix it or whether a new unit is the way to go.

Inconsistent temperatures in your home

Have you noticed that it is sometimes either too hot or too cold in certain rooms or throughout your home? Although weather temperatures can affect your home’s temperature, this is more than likely caused by your HVAC system not working properly. Just like other issues, this could warrant a simple repair. However, depending on what the issue is and how often it’s happening, it could also require you to replace the entire unit. 

Inconsistent and uneven temperatures in your home can also mean that your HVAC unit is either too small or too large for your home. AC units usually have lower life spans when they are not the proper size. If this is the case, you may need to replace your HVAC system sooner than you thought. 

Weird noises

Unusual noises coming from your air conditioner are never a good sign. If your unit is making grinding noises, it is usually a good indicator that a repair is needed. Other noises like squealing and rattling reflect a more serious issue with your unit. These noises can indicate a broken belt or motor bearing. 

As you begin to start your air conditioning up for this summer, keep an eye out for any of these issues. Finding problems earlier rather than later will help you save money, and potentially help you avoid having to make a complete replacement.

If you have any questions regarding your home’s AC unit or are in need of maintenance, repairs or installation services, our team at ServiceOne is always here to help. Give us a call today!

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