Air Conditioning Replacement

Time to Replace your Air Conditioner

An air conditioner is a significant investment that we rely on to make our homes comfortable during summer or winter. But just like other electrical appliances, your air conditioning system will not serve you forever. Even well maintained and regularly serviced units still run into problems after a certain period. Here are signs your air conditioner is malfunctioning and requires professional replacement.

Inconsistent Temperature

One common problem with old AC units is it might be producing regular air flow, but the air coming out does not match its temperature settings. The air conditioner should provide consistent temperatures as per the chosen settings. If your aircon produces hot or cold air inconsistently, then this indicates low refrigerant levels or a severe problem like a damaged compressor. Replacement might be inevitable in such a situation but first, inspect the air filters for possible airflow obstructions.

Diminished Airflow

A significant decrease in or no airflow at all is an indicator of a defective compressor. If your thermostat temperature settings are correct, but your room is still warm, then your air conditioner is not working at its optimum level. Though it might be time to purchase a new unit, first check the filters.

Strange Noises or Odours

A fully functional AC system should operate with little noise or almost silently. Minor noise changes could indicate the need for repair. Perhaps some components within the unit are loose, an internal mechanism might be clogged with dirt, or the fan is not working correctly. If not, this indicates a severe problem that requires immediate replacement. The same applies to aircons that produce unusual odours. It suggests that your air conditioner’s ductwork is mouldy or the insulation is damaged. Such strange smells are not only a nuisance but also pose health risks. If you replace the filter, but your unit is still smelly, it could be time to replace it.

Excess Moisture or Leaking

If you notice a leak or sudden increase in the condensation dripping from your unit, replacement may be inevitable. When you encounter such a problem, contact a professional technician on immediately to establish the cause of the problem and determine the most cost-effective remedy. For safety reasons, let a specialist handle electrical related issues rather than troubleshooting it yourself.

Short Cycling

An air conditioning system that randomly switches off or has difficulty getting started indicates a malfunction. If the system switches itself on or off in an unusual pattern, then this signals a serious problem within your unit. A blown fuse could cause short cycling, which potentially damages the entire system. Therefore, if a technician cannot fix the problem, it is time for a new unit.

High Energy Bills

If your energy bills spike suddenly without any apparent reason for the surge, then it is time to conduct an internal energy audit. The problem might lie within your AC unit. The energy costs increase if your AC unit is overworking to maintain desired temperatures but is still less efficient. Try replacing the filters, cleaning the air vents and inspecting the condensing coil. However, if the energy drain persists, this could indicate your unit is approaching the end of its working life.