For those who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, you know that summer temperatures can rise quickly. As you prepare for the hotter months, we want to help ensure your home will stay properly cooled. Our qualified team at Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric, has identified the top 5 signs to look out for when deciding if you need an AC unit that needs repair or replacement.
If you notice any of these issues, or something simply doesn’t feel right about your air conditioner’s performance, give us a call! AC repairs can be more affordable than you think—and waiting too long could lead to even more expensive damage. Here are some of the most common AC issues we see at Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric.
Limited Airflow or Minimal Cool Air
If the unit seems to be producing less airflow than usual or the air is not cool, then it’s likely that the unit is damaged. Typically, cold air should be produced within five minutes of the unit turning on, so if your AC unit is not producing cool air by then, your system is not functioning correctly and you may need a new unit.
If you notice strange or unusual sounds coming from your air conditioning unit, it may be time for a repair. Most units are designed to operate quietly, so if you hear any grinding, squeaking, or scraping noises, it’s an indication that something is wrong. Make sure to address this issue as soon as you start to notice these sounds to avoid extra expenses and discomforts that come with no air conditioning.
Higher Energy Bill
If the weather has not been drastically warmer and your energy bill has still increased, this is a sign that your unit is in need of repair. There are a multitude of reasons why the unit could be running inefficiently, but our team at Bacon can perform a thorough inspection to get your system back to running in tip-top shape. A few common reasons for inefficiency are:
- It’s been over a year since you had an AC maintenance tune-up
- Your home has insulation or ductwork issues that lead to air leaks
- Your air filter is dirty or clogged
- Refrigerant is leaking
Most often, the air coming from your unit should smell clean and fresh. It should never smell smoky, musty, or moldy. An unpleasant-smelling unit is usually accompanied by strange noises, so make sure to make note of anything that doesn’t seem quite right. If you notice unpleasant smells lingering from your air conditioning unit, seek immediate assistance as this could be an indication of a serious problem.
Of course, a broken AC isn’t the only reason you might smell unpleasant odors in the home—it could also be an air quality issue. If we discover the source of the smell isn’t your air conditioner, we can recommend the best indoor air quality solution for you. From highly efficient air scrubbers to UV lights that install in your ductwork, we can help you clear the air for good.
Almost all AC units will produce a little bit of moisture, but a properly functioning unit should never leak excessively. Excess water around the unit typically means that the refrigerant is leaking or there’s been a moisture build-up around the system, both of which need to be addressed as soon as they are detected. Additionally, if you notice mold on or around the unit, contact professionals immediately to keep you and your family safe.
When Do I Need a New AC?
Lastly, it is important to note how old your AC unit is. The average lifespan of air conditioners is about 10–15 years, so consider getting a new unit if the installation date was a while ago. Each year, technology for these systems improves, and newer models can often keep your home cooler more efficiently.
If you’re not sure whether your AC needs repairs or it’s time for a replacement, call Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric today! We’re happy to provide honest, no-pressure recommendations about your most cost-effective options. We’ll even give a second opinion on repairs or replacements quoted by another HVAC company so you know that you’re making the best decision for your budget—today and in the hottest months ahead.
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If you are in the Rockwall, TX or Dallas-Fort Worth metro area and have any questions on other ways to improve the quality of your AC unit in your home or are interested in an AC unit replacement, contact Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric today. Our team will be happy to help you find solutions that will best fit your needs.