Wardlaw Heating & Cooling’s general manager explains how homeowners can tell if they need to fix a faulty air conditioner or if it’s time to replace it.
A hot summer day is a wonderful thing, especially after our long winters, but when your home’s air conditioner isn’t working, the heat can become unbearable.
This is the time of year when many people turn on their cooling system for the first time only to find that it isn’t working properly or has completely failed. As with any major home repair, the question is often the same: should you repair or replace?
Repair or replace?
Jamie Teeter, managing director of Wardlaw Heating & Cooling, says there are a few things homeowners should consider before deciding whether to repair or replace their home cooling system.
“The age of the unit and the quality of its maintenance over the years are important. You also need to consider how often it has recently needed repairs, how energy efficient it is, and whether it cools the house well,” he explains.
According to Jamie, there are a few telltale signs that a new AC system may be needed:
- The house has uneven temperature zones when the air conditioner is running. Your bedroom may be freezing but the living room is stuffy or vice versa.
- Your energy consumption has increased. This is a clue that your cooling system is working harder than necessary to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
- The device makes strange noises when operating.
- It just doesn’t work anymore. No cold air is blowing.
- The device is leaking water or other liquids.
“If you have any problems or concerns with your air conditioner, the first step is to have it evaluated by a professional HVAC technician. They can give you advice based on your specific cooling system, use, and size. of your home,” says Jamie.
“If a repair is simple and the rest of the unit works well, it doesn’t need to be replaced just yet. On the other hand, sometimes it’s not worth repairing an older unit when it’s nearing the end of its lifespan, especially when the newer cooling systems are much more efficient. A new system could end up saving you a lot on your utility bills. »
Many cooling options available
If it’s time to replace your air conditioner, there are new types of systems available that are much more efficient than older models and work great. There are four main types of home cooling systems: central air conditioning, ductless air conditioning, air-source heat pumps, and ductless heat pumps.
“The best way to choose the right type of air conditioning system for your home is to schedule a consultation with one of our comfort advisors. They consider the size and layout of your home, your existing HVAC system, and the comfort goals you have for your home before recommending the type of cooling system that will work best for you,” says Jamie.
To learn more about home cooling options or to schedule a service call, visit Wardlaw Heating & Cooling online or call (705) 230-3148.