Common Signs You Need to Replace Your AC Unit

Air conditioner units are an integral part of the Albuquerque lifestyle. Unfortunately, AC units, like any other equipment, are not built to last forever, and with time they begin to show signs of age.

To avoid an air-conditioning emergency, here are some of the common signs you need to look out for that can let you know you’re in need of a replacement or AC repair.

1. Lack of cool air and limited airflow
This is probably the most obvious reason for calling an Albuquerque HVAC specialist for a repair or replacement. There can be a plethora of reasons why your air conditioner is not working properly, ranging from blocked ducts to clogged pipework, which the conditioner cannot resolve on its own.

Regardless of “why,” lack of proper airflow is a surefire sign that your AC unit requires repairing!

2. Strange sounds
If your AC is making strange sounds such as squeaking, grinding, or chattering, then it’s a sign of a defect that is calling for your attention. Quality AC systems that are working properly normally operate on a barely detectable noise level, and the presence of noise might be an indicator of a problem.

3. Rising utility bills
If your electricity bills shoot up dramatically even though you haven’t changed how you use your AC, you need to evaluate its performance. A faulty air conditioner works extra hard to sustain the same output, meaning extra electricity is used while the output remains the same, and consequently results in higher utility prices.

4. Strange odors
Is your AC producing strange smells? It might be that your air system’s wires have burnt out. A musty smell, on the other hand, may indicate that your AC has mold that must be removed. No matter the scent, a strange smell is a clear indication that your conditioner needs immediate repair or replacement.

5. Your AC is more than a decade old
It’s understandable you cherish your AC—after all, it has been diligently serving you for the last 8-10 years. However, according to experts, ACs are only built to last for 10-15 years! Therefore, if yours has hit the 10 year mark, you should start preparing for an eventual repair or replacement or prepare for regret when it gives out during the hottest part of the season.

If your Albuquerque air conditioning unit is showing any of these signs, get in touch with the experts at Thompson Heating and Air Conditioning today!