Air-conditioning is life, especially in the scorching heat of Arizona. Don’t miss the clear and obvious signs we’ve put together in this list that something may be amiss with your HVAC system. If you spot any of these signs, it may be time to call an air-conditioning replacement service.
Here Are the Signs You Need to Pay Attention To:
1 – You Don’t Have an Air Conditioner
Did you just walk over to your thermostat only to realize you don’t have a thermostat, because you don’t have an air conditioner, and you’ve just remembered and are feeling super sad? We suggest that this would be an ideal time to call an air conditioner service.
2 – The Air Conditioner is Growing a Gray Beard
Okay, not technically, but is your air conditioner over 14 years old? Like dogs, air conditioners age seven years for every one human year, which means your air conditioner is almost 100 years old.
We know that air conditioners typically last between 10 and 15 years, depending on usage and climate, so if you’re staring down the barrel of two decades, it may be time for an AC replacement.
3 – The AC Frequently Passes Out
This is perhaps the most obvious sign on our list, but an AC unit that keeps breaking down is an AC unit that isn’t long for this world. A service that provides air conditioning repair may be able to outright fix the problem, especially if your AC’s age is a tad short of its natural shelf life.
We know how frustrating it is to have a machine work intermittently, especially in the dead heat of summer. Don’t put up with it any longer – you’re unhappy, maybe the kids are unhappy, and we’re unhappy too. Everyone deserves a reliable AC unit.
4 – Electricity Bills are Climbing Like Spider-Man
Are your energy bills creeping into the “oh my God” range? Assuming you haven’t purchased five new refrigerators, you can likely trace this bill-creep to a faulty AC unit (or heater). Regular HVAC maintenance from a service will catch problems like this, replacing failing parts as they go and preventing the bills from skyrocketing in the first place.
5 – The Air Ain’t Getting Cold
If you’re paying for an air conditioner and nothing happens when you crank the thermostat, it may be time to consider an AC replacement or repair service. Ditto for the air not getting warm when you most need it – heating system replacement and repair is also part of most HVAC maintenance services.
It may not be a catastrophic failure in need of replacement – it may just need more coolant, or it could be a ventilation problem somewhere. Rather than run all over the roof looking for leaks, it might be best to let a service take care of the heavy lifting.
6 – Trust Your Senses
Did your air conditioner suddenly become a loud, roaring monster of a machine? Are the fans noisy enough to wake the dead? Are you experiencing odd smells near the air conditioner or by any of the vents? Can you hear water dripping from inside the house?
A loud air conditioner could need a simple fan replacement, but it also might be having a problem with the filter or the condenser. Any one of these things, or ideally all of these things, need to be checked by a trained technician to diagnose just how bad the damage might be. Or, optimistically, find how easy it is to repair.
An air conditioner (or vent) that smells funny may point to an HVAC system in desperate need of cleaning. While some of the bits can be cleaned easily yourself, we’d recommend an AC service who will be more thorough and check every link in the HVAC chain.
Odd smells could really do a number on your indoor air quality, courting things like mold and respiratory problems in you and your family, according to the EPA. A qualified AC replacement service will keep an eye on issues like this and stop them in their tracks.
7 – You Hear the “Dukes of Hazzard” Horn in Your Driveway
Well, if you’re in Arizona, in Tempe or Gilbert or Paradise Valley, you might run into the Dukes of Air, an air conditioning replacement and maintenance service. They specialize not only in Trane brand HVAC systems, but in all kinds of air conditioner and heating system replacement.
Plus, they all drive in orange vehicles emblazoned with the “01” of the General Lee, with horns that play “Dixie” when they arrive. So, if you hear that tune, maybe the Dukes have already shown up to help with your AC troubles.
Air Conditioners are Too Important to Trust to the Wrong Service
If you’ve seen, heard, or smelled any of the signs we listed above, and heaven help if you’ve seen multiple signs, it may be time to call a local Arizona AC replacement service like the Dukes of Air. With Summer coming up soon, now is the time to get all of your air-conditioning ducks in a row.
We don’t want you to face an Arizona summer with a sub-par AC unit. Check for these signs and call a service right away if you see them.