Signs You Need to Invest in AC Replacement

June 2, 2020

Summer is here, and with it comes the cooling season. You’re going to get a lot of use out of your air conditioning this summer, so before we get to the hottest weeks of the year, it is important that you inspect your air conditioning and make sure it’s ready for another summer of use.

It’s important to get regular preventative maintenance done on your air conditioning equipment so you can keep it in good condition for many years to come. However, there does come a point in time at which it no longer becomes worthwhile to make repairs to your system. If your unit is already on the older side, it can be a better idea to simply replace the system rather than sinking more money into more frequent repairs.

Here are a few of the signs that you should call in a professional for new AC installation in Chalmette, LA:

  • Moisture buildup: There’s always going to be some level of moisture present in air conditioning systems, but that condensation should drain out properly. If you see moisture or leakage occurring around the unit, you might have a refrigerant leak. This will make it harder for the system to perform efficiently or deliver cool air to your home. Leaking refrigerant can also pose a significant health risk to you and your family. Other moisture leaks could cause a buildup of mold, which can also be a health risk and a risk to structural elements of your home. Depending on the extent of the problem and the age of your system, you may be better off replacing the system entirely.
  • Lack of airflow or cool air: If you turn on your air conditioning only to discover the air that comes out isn’t cold, and doesn’t get cold within a few minutes, then it’s probably not performing as it should. This could be due to clogs in the ductwork or piping, or it could be a mechanical problem with your system. If you’ve already made repairs in the past to address this sort of problem and your system is getting on in years, you are probably better off replacing the unit.
  • High energy bills: The older and more worn down an AC system gets, the less efficient its operation will become. Repairs and maintenance can help you find ways to improve its efficiency, but ultimately an old system will only be able to run so well. If your monthly energy bills are skyrocketing because of your AC inefficiency, it may be a good idea to upgrade to new, more energy-efficient equipment.
  • Strange sounds or smells: If your AC is running noisier than usual, with strange grinding or squeaking noises, or if you notice foul smells coming from your air conditioning, these could both be causes for concern. You may be able to find a solution to the problem, but if these issues come on top of other problems and you’re already dealing with an old system, it could be a sign that it’s time to invest in a new one.

For more information about when to make your move on AC replacement in Chalmette, LA, contact JMB A/C & Heating LLC today.

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