Three Signs That It's Time for Air Conditioner Replacement

Warning Signs It May Be Time for a New AC 

With summer's arrival, the biggest season for the air conditioner is about to begin, and in many homes, the air conditioner may fail to keep up. When that happens, it may be time to install a new air conditioner. Here are three signs that AC replacement may be necessary to stay comfortable through the summer. 

Unusual Noises and Bad Smells 

smellStrange noises and bad smells from an AC unit can signal that it's time to replace or repair the system. Some noises that may be heard include loud rattling, banging, screeching, humming, or grinding. These sounds could indicate many issues, such as misaligned parts, mechanical problems, or a broken fan motor. 

Foul smells coming from the AC unit can also indicate potential problems. Musty smells can indicate mold and burning odors can indicate electrical problems. If someone notices any of these symptoms, it’s important to call an AC professional to diagnose the issue and determine whether repair or replacement is needed.

High Energy Bills 

billIf homeowners notice energy bills going up and it's not due to a change in AC usage, it could be time for AC replacement. Air conditioning systems can become less energy-efficient over time, resulting in higher energy bills. Inefficiency due to old age can indicate replacement is needed, but the lost efficiency could also be from a malfunctioning component of the air conditioner that may require repair or replacement. 

AC replacement can reset the clock and even improve it when it comes to energy efficiency. In addition to getting back lost cooling power and efficiency, homeowners can also choose to install more energy-efficient cooling systems that can save additional money over time. 

Inadequate Airflow 

Another problem indicating replacement may be needed is a loss of airflow from the air conditioner. Many issues can cause airflow issues, including leaking ductwork, clogged filters, broken blowers, etc. It’s essential to have the cause determined by a professional HVAC contractor.  

If hot or cold spots and airflow around the home are a problem, repairs may be sufficient enough to restore cooling power, or replacement may be needed. Consult with professionals once issues are noticed to determine whether now is the right time to replace the air conditioner. A new air conditioner will save money on bills and restore comfort by providing sufficient airflow. 

About RCL Mechanical

RCL Mechanical is a locally-owned and operated business serving Taunton, MA, and the surrounding areas. They offer flat rate pricing, the latest technology, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for AC installation and replacement in Taunton, MA.