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When Your AC Stops Doing Its Job: Repair or Replacement

Posted on: August 15, 2023

Elderly man in glasses smiling and adjusting a wall-mounted thermostatIt’s hot out, and your air conditioner has been working overtime. But what happens when your AC stops doing its job?

Here are some signs to help you decide if you need air conditioning repair or replacement.

Your AC’s Boss Is Out to Lunch

Your thermostat is calling the shots when it comes to your HVAC system. So, if it isn’t giving the right instructions, your air conditioner will turn on and off frequently without adequately cooling your home.

A licensed HVAC technician can repair a broken thermostat. You should also consider upgrading to a new smart thermostat if you have an older model.

Your Airflow is Underperforming

If the air from your vents is weak and doesn’t circulate throughout your home, it could indicate impending compressor failure or ductwork obstruction.

Let a professional inspect your outdoor unit and vents to see if you need a small repair or a complete AC replacement.

Your AC’s Work Stinks

Conditioned air shouldn’t smell strange. If it does, it could mean mold or even burning electrical components within the system.

In this case, an HVAC technician needs to access the root of the smell.

Reoccurring Trouble

If your AC’s work is subpar or the system continues to break down a few times during the season, it may be time to give it a pink slip.

Air conditioners have a life span of about 10 years. However, you’ll have a longer-lasting unit and lower energy bills if you keep up with routine AC maintenance.

When repair bills pile up, and your AC stops cooling you down, it’s time to replace your home’s AC with a new, energy-efficient unit.

A Messy Workspace

You should not have any moisture leaking from your air conditioner. If you do, it can indicate a refrigerant leak, which is a major problem. It could also be a broken or blocked condensate drain line.

No matter the cause, an HVAC professional can diagnose why your AC unit is leaking and advise whether it is worthwhile to repair it or upgrade to a new system.

Out-of-Line Noises

You might hear clicking noises when your air conditioner turns on and off and even the sound of cold air rushing through your vents.

However, your AC shouldn’t make grinding or squealing noises. These noises can mean a belt has slipped or that you have worn-down components within the motor.

Don’t hesitate to call in an HVAC professional to assess the issue. In some cases, loose components can be easily tightened, but other issues or ignoring the noise for too long can cause your AC motor to fail.

Choose Len The Plumber Heating & Air for AC Services in Baltimore

During the summer, your air conditioner works the day and night shift keeping your home cool. When it doesn’t show up for the job, the team at Len The Plumber Heating & Air will.

Your AC might stop working, but we never do! We provide 24/7 emergency air conditioning repair when you need us most.

Call (800) 950-4619(800) 950-4619 to request same day service for your Baltimore home.

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