An AC unit is often a mystery to most people.
You hardly ever think about it until the weather warms up. Then you turn it on, let it do its thing, and forget about it!
Until the day it starts to malfunction.
The average person has no clue how to fix their AC really works. It's just a big box with lots of different parts that do who knows what!
How can you tell if it's an easy fix or if you need a new unit entirely? You don't want to keep throwing money at repairs when your best option is a replacement.
Not sure which category your broken AC falls into? Read on to learn whether or not you need a new HVAC unit.
1. Noisy and Leaky
Hearing some jangling noises from your AC is ordinary. Same with finding some condensation and leakage.
But, at a certain point, that's a big clue you need a new unit.
If the noise is constant and distracting or you have puddles around the AC, that's not normal. If the unit is new, you can try to fix the problem with a repair.
But, if the noise or moisture comes back, it's time for a replacement. Old units should just be replaced from the get-go.
2. Not Keeping the House Cool Enough
An AC that isn't keeping the house cool isn't doing its job! That's a good indication it should be replaced.
It's also possible that some rooms can be cooled adequately, while others are too warm. If your HVAC isn't managing the temperature of your house evenly, it's time get a new one.
3. Your House is Too Humid
Besides cooling the house, AC's are meant to regulate the humidity levels. In the summer, it might feel too muggy. The winter might bring too much dryness in the air.
You might notice that your skin or nasal passages have become itchy in the cold months. In the heat, you might see mold in the home. If this is the case, the AC could be to blame.
4. Energy Bill is Higher than Usual
During the summer you can expect your energy bill to be higher than the rest of the year. But, if the bill is higher than it has been that same time the year before, your AC could be broken.
As your AC breaks down, it has to use more energy to cool your home. Replacing the AC can end up saving you money in the long run.
5. It's Old
AC units are meant to last for a few years, but not forever. If your unit is over 10 years old, it's time to think about replacing it.
That's true even if it still seems to be in working order. AC's can collect dust and bacteria over the years and the pollute the air in your home.
Is it Time to Replace Your HVAC Unit?
If you've noticed any of these symptoms, it's probably time to replace your HVAC unit. Was that unexpected cost not in your budget this month?
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