8 Signs Your AC Needs to Be Replaced

Summer is a great time to go out and get some sun—and then go inside to cool off. But summer’s not so great when you realize that the house is barely cooler than it is outside and you can’t get comfortable.

To solve the issue of having a warm home, you might decide to call for an AC repair in Charlotte. A few weeks later, you might call for another repair. A week after that, you feel the temperature in your home start to rise again. You can put off replacing your AC for a while, but the sweltering heat in North Carolina makes it difficult to ignore how warm everything is and the lack of relief from it. Fans won’t help, because they just blow warm air at your face and the humidity never lowers.

Unique Air Heating & Air Conditioning has compiled a list of the top eight reasons we have had to replace an air conditioner in the Charlotte and surrounding areas.

  • The air conditioner uses R-22 (also known as HCFC-22) – Most air conditioners made before 2010 use R-22, sometimes known as Freon, to make the air cold. However, that refrigerant is being made in smaller quantities and by 2020 it won’t be made at all. With R-22 (Freon) being phased out, the price of it has gotten higher and higher. You might want to replace your unit, because adding R-22 to it will cost you more in the long run than just getting a new one.
  • Your AC unit is old – The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is about 10-15 years, depending on the kind you have. If you are struggling to remember when you bought the AC unit or don’t know when the owners before you had it installed, it may be time to get an AC replacement.
  • There is a whining, banging, or clanking sound – The AC unit should not be making any more noise than the blowing sound you hear from the fan. If you have tried repairing the air conditioner and it is still making noises, you will need to replace it. The noises begin to occur when a belt is worn out or something internally has been used so much that it cannot be repaired.
  • A weird smell is coming from the AC unit – Some have complained that they smell rotten eggs, mold, mildew, or sulfur. None of these is a good sign, and a repair is not going to make that smell go away.
  • You’ve called for a lot of repairs recently – We know you want the air conditioning unit to hang on as long as it can, but sometimes a unit is dead and it just needs to be replaced. The frequent repairs will definitely help for a week or two, but is it really worth it to pay someone every couple of weeks to keep it working?
  • There is water underneath the air conditioner – Your air conditioner unit should not be creating puddles on the ground. If you are noticing there is water around the unit, you are at risk for water damage and the unit is going to need to be replaced.
  • The fan is running, but the air coming out is warm – It defeats the purpose of having an air conditioner unit if all it’s doing is spitting warm air into your home. Blowing warm air in could be a sign of an issue with the outside component coils or refrigerant. Depending on the age of your unit, it would probably be best to replace your air conditioner.
  • The house is cool, but your energy bills are high compared to the summer before – Unless a summer is exponentially hotter, for weeks and weeks, than the summer before, your energy bill should not increase noticeably. There is a good chance that your thermostat is broken or that the air conditioner is bogged down and not running efficiently anymore. Your wallet will thank you in the long run for replacing your AC unit.

Charlotte AC Replacement

Unique Air Heating & Air Conditioning has been servicing Charlotte and surrounding areas for many years. We pride ourselves on answering calls 24/7 and helping you with your air conditioning needs. We always arrive on time and respect your home, which means we leave it better than we found it!

For all your Gastonia AC replacement needs—and in the surrounding areas—call (704) 865-7474 or contact Unique Air Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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