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During the summer months in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, most residents rely heavily on their air conditioning systems to maintain a comfortable temperature. Between the high humidity levels and warm temperatures, it’s tough to stay cool without a functional AC system. An air conditioner might give off some warning signs that it’s on its last legs, so it’s important to keep an eye out for these signs so you’re not caught without a working system.

Frequent Repairs

Before an air conditioner gives out completely, it will typically start to have more problems. It may begin blowing warm air or lose airflow completely. You could also notice that the interior temperature never seems to reach what you’ve set on the thermostat. These issues may seem minor at first, but as you continue to spend money for repairs, you might start to notice a pattern.

When an air conditioner is nearing the end of its functional life, smaller components tend to break down first. Needing multiple repairs in a short period of time is cause for concern, so it’s worth evaluating whether or not to replace the system and stop investing money into an air conditioner that may not be around for much longer. Large, expensive repairs should also be reconsidered, especially if your unit is more than a decade old. In most cases, it’s more cost-effective to replace the unit rather than invest a lot into an older model.

High Energy Bills

A sharp and dramatic increase in energy bills is always a concern. Some fluctuation between seasons is certainly normal, but you shouldn’t see bills that are hundreds of dollars higher from one month to the next. Older air conditioning systems aren’t as efficient as newer models, so the age of your system could impact your monthly bills. Additionally, a damaged system can cause a dramatic spike between months, as the conditioned air could be leaking out through cracked ductwork.

No matter what is causing the bills to jump up every month, it’s worth looking into the issue and figuring out how to improve efficiency. If a new system is the best option, you can shop for more efficient units that will help you save on cooling bills. Some cooling systems also come with tax credits, rebates, or incentives, which can further offset the cost of installation.

Poor Circulation

When air isn’t flowing sufficiently in your home, you could notice a few signs, such as stale or unpleasant odors, excessive dust, or an uncomfortable atmosphere. Poor circulation is typically caused by an issue when the system was first installed. The original technician might have installed a unit that is too large or too small for the space, or the ducts might not be installed properly, leading to poor flow throughout the space.

If the issue relates to the size of the system, the best thing to do is have a new air conditioner installed. Before putting in a new system, an HVAC technician should calculate the load to determine what size will work best while maximizing efficiency. If the issue relates to the ducts, you might need to have some repair work done to prevent air from slipping through the cracks.

Noisy Operation

Another issue that can indicate the impending need for a new air conditioner is a lot of noise. When your system first kicks on to start cooling down the space, some noise is certainly normal, especially if you’re standing close to the cooling unit. However, continuous noises, such as banging, grinding, squealing, or whining can all indicate a problem. Your ducts might be too small, causing the air to have trouble moving through efficiently, or you might have an issue with a moving part of the system. An HVAC technician can take a closer look at your unit and figure out what’s causing the excess noise.

Don’t let summer sneak up on you, leaving you in a hot and uncomfortable situation without a working air conditioner. Learn more about new cooling system options and installation services by calling Aqua (HVAC) at 941-306-3715.

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