AC Repair: What You Need to KnowAugust 22, 2019
Summer is in full swing, so to keep your family happy and comfortable for the next few months, it is imperative to keep your AC unit in top shape.
Yet, how do you know if it is time for a tune-up? Or what could happen if you put off repairing it? And finally, how much money is it going to cost to fix? To find out, read on:
The Signs of a Problem
There are a few telltale signs that your AC unit is in need of repair, and there are some lesser-known ones to keep in mind as well. You will want to investigate further if you discover: warm air blowing out of your home’s vents when the thermostat is on cooling mode, poor airflow in the ductwork, your AC unit cycling on and off constantly, high humidity inside your home, pools of water around your AC unit, a bad odor coming from your HVAC system, or an unusual, loud or sudden noise coming from your AC unit. Each of these symptoms are indicative of a larger problem with your system that requires AC repair, so don’t wait to fix it!
The Risks of Waiting
You might think that the biggest risk of waiting to do some AC repair is living in a hot house with no airflow for a few days (which does indeed sound miserable!), but there is even more at stake if you procrastinate. If there is an electrical or mechanical problem with your air conditioner, this could result in the AC unit–and your nearby home–catching fire. Additionally, an HVAC system that has airflow problems can start to grow mold in the ducts because of summertime condensation. This can cause health problems for your family, especially if one of your loved ones has a mold allergy.
The Benefits of Repairing
The greatest benefit of repairing your AC unit is that the unit simply functions better and keeps your family comfortable and healthy all summer long. Another added benefit is that your electricity bill will likely go down because an AC unit in good condition uses less power than one that is deteriorating and still attempting to keep the air cool. Plus, isn’t the peace of mind of not having to worry about whether or not your AC unit will be working tomorrow worth it in itself?
The Cost of AC Repair
On average, homeowners pay around $300 per year for AC unit repairs. This number can be a lot less if just a condensate drain tube needs replacing ($20), but it can also be a lot more expensive if you need to replace a pump ($500) or completely replace an old AC unit (up to $4,000). Consult an expert, like ours at Bert Black, to see what the best solution is for your particular situation.