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May 27, 2016
We’re on the precipice of summer here in Rhode Island, and it’s time to make sure that you and your family are ready for some fun in the sun. What many people don’t realize in anticipation of the warmer weather is just how important it is to ensure that your home is properly cooled for when the hot temps hit. Air conditioning maintenance can, unfortunately, easily go overlooked. If your AC unit is on the older side, there’s a good chance that you could benefit from replacing it.
The team at CARJON wants you to be comfortable this summer. Not sure whether or not it’s time for a new AC before the warm weather hits? Here are five common warning signs to look out for:
1. Lack of Cool Air & Limited Airflow
This is probably the most obvious sign that your AC is experiencing issues. If you turn on the unit and the air doesn’t come out cold within a few minutes, there’s a good chance that it’s not performing properly. The issue could also be a result of clogs in your piping/ductwork, which restrict airflow and will not resolve on their own. No matter what the cause, a lack of air flow is a surefire sign that you have a problem which must be dealt with.
2. Buildup of Moisture
All AC units will create moisture to some extent, but those which are functioning properly should be able to handle it without issue. When moisture is present or leakage is occurring around the AC, it could be that you have a refrigerant leak on your hands. This will not only cause the system to underperform, but it also poses a serious health risk to you and your family. Even if it’s just water that’s building up, allowing the problem to persist can creating an undesirable breeding ground for mold.
3. Strange Sounds
Have you noticed that your AC is noisier than it used to be? The presence of strange sounds such as grinding, squeaking or chattering is never normal and should not be taken as a typical sign of aging. Most AC units are supposed to operate at a noise level that is barely detectable, so if your cooling system is drawing attention to itself, you know it’s time to upgrade to new equipment.
4. Foul Smells
In the same way that noticeable sounds typically indicate a problem with heating and cooling systems, so too do strange smells. Your AC should be putting out clean, neutral-smelling air, but this isn’t always the case when problems exist. A smokey or burning smell can indicate serious problems and requires immediate attention.
5. High Energy Bills
If your energy bills have been through the roof as of late, it could have something to do with a cooling system that is simply working too hard to get the job done. Even if the home isn’t properly cooled, your AC may be running up your monthly energy bills to a noticeable extent. Upgrade to new equipment, and you can reduce your bills for years to come.