Alberta is known for its unpredictable weather, and the summer heat can be extreme at times, making your AC unit essential in surviving the warmer months. If your AC unit breaks down, it’s advisable to contact a local HVAC company to help you resolve the problem. But there are ways to identify why your AC unit is failing before it’s stopped working.
A reliable air conditioner is a lifesaver and a much-needed comfort from the scorching heat, and its failure can be devastating. Luckily, there are signs you can distinguish yourself that your AC unit may need a replacement or repair before it completely fails. Understanding the warning signs of your unit breaking down can help determine whether it needs replacement or repairs.
There are five key signs to look out for when determining if your AC unit needs replacement or repairs.
1. Insufficient Cooling.
The most significant sign your unit is struggling is when it is no longer providing your home with cold air. You may notice even hot or warm air coming out of your AC unit instead. Air Conditioning works by transferring warm air from inside your home outside and then blowing cool air throughout the space. If you’ve noticed warm or a lack of cold air, this means there could be several problems with your unit.
Checking your return and supply vents is a great way to see how your unit is working. Your return vents are typically larger and should pull air inwards. If you place a piece of paper in front of the vent, it should be pulled towards the vent. The opposite occurs for the supply vents. The supply vents are where cold air is pushed out, and if a piece of paper is placed in front of the vent, it should be blown away.
If your vents are fine, but you’re not receiving cold air, first check if your furnace filter has been changed recently. If you can’t remember when your filter was last replaced, when in doubt, change the filter. Second, check that your outdoor condenser is clean. If you see dust and pollen built up on the coils, rinse off the outdoor unit with your hose. If both the filter and outdoor condenser are clean, it’s most likely low on refrigerant. Looking for help changing out your air filter, or cleaning your outdoor condenser? Check out this link on our YouTube Channel. If neither of these solutions works, calling an HVAC team is your next step.
2. Moisture of Leakage.
Water leakage or excessive moisture around your air conditioner is never a good sign. It could indicate a clogged or broken condensate drain line, which can lead to water damage or mould growth. Additionally, refrigerant leaks can cause ice buildup on the coils, resulting in water leakage. If you notice moisture or leakage around your furnace on the inside, or water or ice around the outdoor unit, it’s crucial to have it inspected by a professional. Depending on the severity and extent of the issue, repair or replacement options can be explored.
3. Unusual Noises.
Air conditioners will make noise when they operate, but any persistent or unusual noise should be investigated. Rattling, banging, grinding, or squealing sounds can indicate worn-out parts, loose components, or motor problems. These issues can escalate if left unaddressed, potentially causing further damage to the unit. A professional HVAC technician can diagnose the issue and recommend the appropriate repairs or replacements.
4. Strange Odours.
Any odd odours should be inspected immediately, as there could be several problems causing this. A musty or mould smell could indicate mould or mildew in the unit. If there is a burning or egg-like smell, there could be electrical issues and an HVAC team should be called immediately.
5. Age of Unit & Higher Electricity Bills.
Typically AC units last between 15-20 years. If your unit is having issues and is nearing the end of its life, it may be time to replace your unit with a new one. It’s always advised to keep track of how old your AC unit is and to ask when it was installed when moving into new homes, apartments or condos.When your AC is older than 10+ years, just like your furnace, regular yearly maintenance is highly recommended and the Ignite Heating’s Comfort Club might be a good option for you.
Finally, if you’ve noticed an increase in electrical bills, there is a possibility your AC unit is the cause. Dirty air filters, leaks in ductwork, mechanical failure or low refrigerant could all potentially cause an increase in bills. The simplest and easiest solution is to check with an expert.
Edmonton Air Conditioning Service & Repair.
The professional team at Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning can help you determine the state of your AC unit, what repairs it needs or if replacement is necessary. At Ignite, we understand the importance of a well-functioning AC unit and want to ensure you have cool air all summer long. Begin your AC service and repair journey and request a free quote today or contact us for more information.