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What are Signs Your AC Needs Repair?
Bad wiring often prevents an AC unit from getting power. This is dangerous, as it can be a potential fire hazard. Improper wiring should be corrected by a certified AC technician.
Faulty outside fan
The outside fan may fail to transfer indoor heat to the outside air. Inefficient heat transfer may cause the air conditioning compressor to overheat, resulting in damage to the compressor.
Low refrigerant level
Refrigerant is commonly known as Freon, and it is the chemical that the air conditioner uses to cool the air. A leak or faulty refrigerant system can cause low refrigerant levels. Refrigerant leaks should be properly diagnosed and repaired by a professional.
Frozen inside coil
This can be caused by blocked return air ductwork or dirty air filters. A frozen indoor coil can also result from low refrigerant. You will need to contact a qualified technician to determine the cause of the problem and provide the best solution.
When Should I Replace My AC?
Don’t wait until your AC completely stops working to replace it. If you notice that your unit requires constant repairs, consider a replacement for a greater return on investment. A new AC unit will run more efficiently and save you on high energy costs.
If your AC unit is over 15 years old, you will need to have it replaced. This is usually the age where you will start to notice frequent problems. A unit that is over 15 years is less efficient and will need to work twice as hard just to provide its normal service.
You will also want to consider the quality of your indoor air. Continuing to use an old, congested unit can affect your health.