When an old A/C unit is on the fritz, it comes as no surprise. However, if you’ve taken good care of your A/C, it may not need to be replaced just yet. However, the opposite is true for newer A/C systems that weren’t installed properly and/or lacked regular maintenance tune ups. There could be a host of problems years before they’re typically due. So, how do you decide to repair or replace your A/C system?
Look for these indicators to solve:
Unusual and Loud Noises
Unusual and loud noises aren’t a good sign no matter how old or young your A/C system is. When you repeatedly hear an unusual noise, it’s generally best to turn off the system and contact an HVAC Professional. Here’s what these noises may mean:
- Whirring and droning: If the outdoor unit of your A/C is making a consistent whirring and droning noise, you most likely have a failing compressor. It’s possible to replace the compressor if the rest of your A/C and ductwork are in good shape, but it is an expensive repair — the compressor is the heart of the A/C.
- Grinding or screeching: Grinding and screeching noises most often indicate a blower motor problem. You can probably get away with replacing the blower motor without replacing the entire A/C unit.
- Squealing: Squealing may indicate a blower motor problem or simply a loose blower assembly that needs to be tightened down. Another possibility is a loose belt. An HVAC technician can diagnose the exact issue.
It’s Running, but Not Cooling!
Another common A/C problem is that it runs, but it doesn’t provide enough cooling output. The usual reasons could include:
- Ice accumulation: If you see ice on the evaporator, check your air filter. If it’s dirty, change it and let the ice melt. If the ice returns, you may have a refrigerant or electrical problem.
- Low refrigerant: Incorrect refrigerant charge also causes ice on the evaporator. Refrigerant testing must be performed by a certified technician.
For a professional assessment of your A/C system, contact Jackson & Sons. Providing reliable HVAC services for Eastern North Carolina homeowners since 1974.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Eastern North Carolina (including Wayne, Johnston, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Duplin Counties) about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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