Are you a Tampa or Clearwater resident that’s worried about the condition of your current AC? Do you fear that your HVAC system is dragging behind because of your old air conditioner? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about getting an air conditioner replacement.
South Florida is no place to have your air conditioner quit on you. If you feel that there’s an issue, it’s best to get it replaced quickly before an emergency occurs.
See below for an in-depth guide on the signs that your air conditioner problems are too significant and need replacing.
1. Your Energy Bills Continue to Rise
Tampa residents aren’t foreign to rising energy bills. If you’ve lived here for long enough, then you know the energy bill will be a bit higher at certain points of the year.
However, if that energy bill is higher than it usually is at this time of year, then you need to have it looked at by a professional technician. Putting this off can result in an emergency repair/replacement, which could cause hundreds (if not thousands) more dollars than having it replaced right now.
The skyrocketing energy bills are a sign that something isn’t right with your air conditioner. It might be trying to compensate for a faulty part, causing it to burn through more energy to regulate the temperature inside your house.
Before you do anything too drastic, try switching out the air filter first. Sometimes, when the air filter gets too dirty, it starts to block the airflow from getting to your HVAC system. As a result, the entire system exerts more energy to pump air through the filter and circulate it through your house.
If problems persist after the switch, then it’s time to call a trusted Tampa AC installation service right away.
2. There Are Hot Spots in Your House
Have you ever walked into a certain area of your house and wondered if the air conditioner was even on? Depending on the time of day, it might seem as if there’s no cold air getting in, even with the vent open and the AC all the way up.
Take a walk around every room of your house real quick. Do you notice that some feel cooler than others? If so, then this is a sign your old AC isn’t as efficient as it once was.
You might also consider where the hot spots are about where the AC unit is located. If the rooms with no air are the furthest away from your AC unit, this is actually a sign that your unit is too small for the size of your house. Whoever installed it didn’t install the proper size, leading to an inefficient home.
If that’s the case, you certainly need an air conditioner replacement. HVAC maintenance won’t do any good because there’s nothing wrong with the system; it’s just too small. It can’t keep your rooms cool.
If the system is the right size, then it might just be time for a new unit altogether. You can call us at 813-946-6700 to schedule an in-home consultation.
3. There’s No Cold Air
Take this very moment to walk up to the nearest register in your house. Put your hand up to it and see what kind of air blows out. Is it pumping an adequate amount of air out? Does the air even feel cold at all?
If not, then there are a number of things that could be wrong with it. This could be a sign that you need an air conditioner replacement, that you need a refill on Freon, or that your compressor needs to be replaced.
Don’t ever assume the worst! Make sure you schedule a time for us to come out and assess the air conditioner for ourselves. You might be able to avoid paying for a full replacement if all you need is a quick repair!
4. The Unit is Making Weird Sounds
Homeowners are no stranger to weird sounds in/around the house. That said, far too many tend to shrug it off. Don’t neglect your air conditioning’s cry for help!
Try to gauge what it sounds like. If it’s a grinding sound, then it could be something as simple as parts needing some lubrication.
Start by turning off the system (by switching to “off” on your thermometer). Let it rest for a few minutes, then turn it back on to see if problems persist. If they do, contact us and we will come to take a look!
5. Terrible Odors Coming From Your Vents
This is never a good sign. Bad odors from your vents are an instant sign of a large issue within your air conditioning unit, if not the entire system.
If it smells like something is burning, then turn off the system and immediately call us to come take a look. This is a sign that your unit needs to be replaced right away.
If you’re getting a whiff of musty odors, then it could mean there is mold growth in your air ducts, which calls for a professional cleaning.
Schedule Your Air Conditioner Replacement Today
Now that you have seen an in-depth guide on the 5 signs you need an air conditioner replacement, be sure to use this information to your advantage.
Take the time to read this article for more information on the questions that you need to ask an HVAC company before hiring them. To get started, call us directly at 813-946-6700 and we will be happy to assist you further.