• Joseph Harris

When Is It Time To Replace My AC?


Men working on AC Unit

We’re right in the middle of it---those sizzling summer months when all we want to do after spending time outside is dip into the cool comfort of our air-conditioned homes. Why does it seem that when we most need them to work efficiently in blistering temperatures, they end up giving us signs and signals that it may be time to replace?


The majority of air conditioner breakdowns occur--unfortunately--in the hot summer months. This is when your air conditioner is called upon to do its most diligent, round-the-clock cooling. If you are sweating indoors as well as out, you might want to consider if you’ve been seeing these telltale signs that it’s time to replace your AC:


Sign #1--You’re getting warm air from your ducts

From low Freon levels to a tapped-out compressor, warm air signals a problem somewhere in your air conditioning system. Call in a professional to identify the issue, make a claim if you have a warranty on your unit, and see what must be done to correct your system malfunction.


Sign #2--You’re experiencing low airflow

If your cool air doesn’t seem to be flowing as well as it used to, some possible causes might be:

  • Problems with the compressor

  • Blocked or damaged vents

  • Dirty or obstructed ductwork

Depending on the type of repair you are looking at, it might be more cost-effective to install a whole new unit, complete with a maintenance warranty, to keep you going all through the hot summer months.


Sign #3--You see moisture and leakage around your unit

A certain amount of condensation around an air conditioning unit is normal, but excessive leaks indicate that a repair or replacement is in order. Leaking coolant can pose serious health risks to you and your family; call in the professionals to diagnose and make recommendations for repair/replacement right away.


Sign #4--You are hearing unusual noises coming from your system

Any signs of grinding, rattling, banging, or squeaking are not typical when your AC is in use, and these are an indicator that internal mechanisms are not working correctly. Things such as a belt slipping out of place or broken motor bearings could lead to more serious, costly repairs if you allow the unit to function without assessing potential problems.


Sign #5--Certain zones in your house aren’t cooling

When your bathroom resembles the Arctic Circle and you sweat in the upstairs bedrooms, you have an issue with your thermostat. Fortunately, this is considered a minor repair by most professionals, and if you are lucky, you’ll be able to replace a thermostat or two instead of your whole unit.


Sign #6--Your unit is more than ten years old

Most air conditioning units aren’t designed to work efficiently for more than ten to fifteen years at most, and this is if you have had them impeccably serviced. Consider anything over ten years borrowed time and be thankful it has served you so well. If you know that your unit is past its “expiration date,” it may be time to consider a replacement.


Sign #7--Your unit needs frequent repairs

If you and your repair technician are on a first-name basis, and if you’ve seen him more than once in the past year for various repairs, it may be time to consider replacement. Over time, the unit will start to display signs of wear and tear that cannot be fixed over time, and the cost of continually repairing will be more than the cost to replace your unit.


Need a little help? We’ll provide you with some “cool” options

With over 23 years in the business of making our customers cool and comfortable all year long, Tropic Air Conditioning knows all aspects of air conditioning. Dedicated professionals will attend to your job with the same care and professionalism they would apply to their own homes. If you need advice on whether repair or replacement is in your future, we can provide advice and options to help you and your family stay cool all year round. Contact us today and experience worry-free heat waves this summer! Visit https://www.tropicairfl.com/ to set up your consultation.