Many people live in homes with air conditioning. But how many of those air conditioning units work as well as they should? AC units are very durable, and can last for many years. However, over time, like most machines, they will begin to degrade, and may end up costing you more money if you do not get them replaced. But the question is, do I replace the unit right away, or do I simply have it serviced by a technician? That is a good question to ask, and there are a few options you can consider if you believe it has been quite a long time since your air conditioning unit was last serviced.
First of all, if would be wise to have your air conditioning unit inspected by a professional. You will want to find someone who is trustworthy and has a good track record in dealing with AC units. Many times if your unit is not very old, it may only be dirty. Over time, the units begin to fill with dust and debris. A proper cleaning will take care of this problem. Also, you may need a new filter. A working unit will need the filter cleaned about every three months or so. If you have a unit that is a few years older, there may be other issues to address.
At times, the installation may be the problem. If the unit was not installed correctly, you will most certainly run into issues regarding proper temperature and power output. You can install a unit yourself, but you want to make sure you are doing things correctly. An improperly installed unit will significantly shorten it’s life span.
Through time and constant use, a motor or a compressor in the unit may begin to fail. If you begin to notice different sounds, such as clanking or grinding noises, these are clear signs to contact a specialist right away. While you could pay to get these parts repaired or replaced, when you are looking at the long term of saving the most money possible when it comes to a high-performing and properly working AC unit, the best decision may be to replace the unit entirely. An air conditioning unit that is not working as it should, no matter what the reasons are, will cost you much more money in the long term. For example, a unit failing to output the right amount of power will cause it to consume more energy. This will be reflected in your utility bill. You could see your bill go up as much as 50% due to a faulty machine! Even a dirty unit may cause your bill to increase by as much as 15% per month.
Although these costs may not seem like a lot of money in the short term, as time goes on, they can begin to add up. If you live in an area with a significantly warmer climate, such as Florida for example, it is recommended that you have an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) professional look at your unit at least once a month. These will help ensure that your air conditioner is working as it should, and that nothing is hindering it from top performance. We all want the best quality air conditioning in our homes, and providing your family with a consistently cool place to live will be worth every penny.
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