An air conditioning unit or system is considered essential to anyone who lives in South Florida, but it’s only as effective as we allow it to be! For an AC to be effective, it needs to be the perfect size for your home and properly maintained. Our expert air conditioning installers at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric can help find the perfect AC for your home while helping you determine whether yours needs to be repaired or replaced.
Bigger is better, right? Not when it comes to your air conditioning unit!
Many homes have a system installed that is too big or too small. This could lead to less air being cooled or even sky-rocketing energy bills. Simply put, your AC is not running effectively if it is the wrong size for your home or space.
Geography, heating/cooling hours, and the number of windows in your home affect the heating and cooling load of an HVAC unit. This means that they all need to be taken into consideration before choosing your perfect size AC system. While it’s always better to undersize than oversize, Art Plumbing, AC & Electric will be able to inspect and recommend the best size AC unit for your home.
The signs that your AC unit needs repairs or that it needs to be replaced are very similar and easily confused. A trained Art Plumbing, AC & Electric technician can help you decide by inspecting your unit by looking for the following signs:
Arguably one of the most obvious signs that your AC is struggling is when it’s no longer doing its job keeping you cool and comfortable. If there is no cool air coming out of the unit after a few minutes, it means that it’s struggling and needs some attention. A call to Art Plumbing, AC & Electric could help determine whether it’s worth repairing or whether a new unit is needed.
To remove humidity from your home’s air, the air conditioner extracts warm air, cools it, and redirects it back into your home. While it’s normal for some moisture removed from the air to leak out of the unit, if it becomes excessive you may have a problem. This is a sign that your AC is underperforming and that you may have a leak. Needing immediate attention, this problem could pose a health risk if it persists, being the perfect breeding ground for mold.
An AC system is designed to operate at an almost undetectable noise level. Any grinding, squeaking, or rattling sounds coming from your unit could mean that it’s reaching its final days. If you hear strange noises and are unsure of what to do next, call a professional for an inspection.
Similar to strange sounds, strange smells should also be a red flag. Your air conditioner should be circulating clean smelling air throughout your home. If you smell musty, moldy, or smoky air coming for your ducts, call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric because this needs immediate attention.
If you’ve noticed an increase in your utility bills, it may have something to do with your air conditioning system. From the get-go, older units are less efficient than newer models and only decrease in efficiency over time. Increased bills may be an indication that your unit is working too hard and that you may need an update.
On average, an AC unit performs effectively for 10 to 15 years. If your unit is close to or has already reached this mark it may be a good time to look for a replacement.
After a while all the red flags may start to look the same, which is why hiring a professional like those at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric can help in more ways than one. Call South Florida’s most trusted air conditioning installers today at 1-800-475-1504. Keeping your space cool and your mind at peace, our team can meet all your AC needs!
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