8 Signs Your AC Unit Needs Repair
Summertime is rapidly approaching here in Houston, Texas. Luckily, AC units help keep the hot, sticky air out of our homes. Like all machines, though, AC units don’t last forever.
Here are eight signs you need to repair your AC unit before the summer months hit!
1. It’s Blowing Warm Air
This is probably the most obvious sign that your unit needs to be inspected, but equally important. There are several suspects when it comes to this, including dirty air filters and refrigerant leaks.
Dirty Air Filters
To cool your house, your AC unit must first filter out the warm, humid air through its system. The filter in your AC collects the dust from the air and eventually will get too dirty, causing your AC to blow out warm air.
The copper tubes holding the cooling coils will erode over time, causing refrigerants to leak. This can pose a serious problem to you and your family’s health.
If you’re afraid your AC is leaking refrigerants, it’s best to contact a certified HVAC professional to assess the situation.
2. Odd Sounds Coming From Your AC Unit
Machines make plenty of peculiar sounds, although it’s easy to tell when a certain sound isn’t normal. If your AC is louder than usual, develops a hiss, or sounds like nuts and bolts are ricocheting around the interior, you have a problem.
A slipped motor belt, loose parts, or leaking refrigerants may be to blame. If you hear any of these concerning sounds, it’s best safe to assume your AC needs a tuneup.
3. No Air Flow
There are several reasons why your AC unit produces little to no airflow. As mentioned before, your AC’s filter may be dirty.
Additionally, your ductwork may be clogged or leaking. Any items in storage near ductwork may also damage it, causing restricted airflow. Lastly, your unit’s fan may be struggling to work.
4. Not All Rooms Get Cool
Whether you put a new addition on your home or some rooms of your house have never experienced the relief of cool air enveloping it, chances are your AC may not be working right, or it’s too small for your space.
An affordable, quick solution to this problem would be a mini-split to keep all rooms in your home cool.
5. Funky Smells
Our sense of smell is one of our most useful tools to decipher danger or death. Start up your AC and see if you smell any of the following:
- Rotten eggs
- Gas or a smell like car exhaust
- Something burning
- Musty scents
These smells can indicate a hazardous situation so no matter the time of day, contact an HVAC professional for a safety assessment and a quick solution.
6. Energy Bills Skyrocket in Summer
Energy bills are usually high in the summertime on account your AC is working harder. But are your energy bills climbing too high?
If your energy provider didn’t raise its rates, chances are your AC is the problem. Broken or outdated ACs will work harder in an attempt to make up for their shortcomings, resulting in a higher energy bill for you.
7. You’re Selling Your House Soon
In hotter climates like Houston, one of the first things Home Inspectors assess is the age and the health of the AC. An up-to-date and properly running AC can positively affect the sale price and the number of interested parties in your home.
8. If It’s Not Working and Under 10 Years Old
If any of these problems mentioned above match the symptoms of your AC, then it either needs to be repaired or replaced. If your unit is under 10 years old, then the most prudent move would be to have your AC repaired instead of replaced.
If you are unsure if you should either repair or replace, this simple calculation will help:
- Take the age of AC and multiply it by the cost of repair. If the number exceeds $5,000, it’s time to replace your AC. If it’s under that number, it’s best to just repair it.
Chill Out With 75 Degree AC
Are you certain your AC isn’t working properly but are uncertain how much it will cost to repair or replace it? Well, 75 Degree AC will get you out of the hot seat!
We offer free, honest estimates on your AC units. We also offer 24/7 emergency repair, so one of our certified technicians can get to you ASAP! Give us a call at 713-598-2737 or contact us online anytime.