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5 Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair Or Replacement

In our hot Australian climate, having an air conditioner can make life a lot easier. However, air conditioners, like all appliances, have a limited lifespan. Here are the top five indicators that your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced.

  1. It’s no longer cool.

The most obvious sign that your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced is that it simply does not cool. It depends on your unit, the climate in which you live, and how frequently you use it, but a well-maintained and regularly serviced air conditioner can last for ten years or more. Manufacturers frequently estimate the lifecycle of a specific model – check the original product specifications or manual to see if your air conditioner has reached the end of its useful life.

  1. Your energy bills are increasing.

Your energy bills frequently change during the warmer and cooler months as a result of your heating and cooling usage. Consider performing an energy audit if your bills appear to be higher than usual. This allows you to determine whether your air conditioning unit is functioning properly.

  1. It’s giving off strange stuff.

If your air conditioner emits strange odors, moisture, or noise when turned on, it may need to be repaired or replaced.

Strange odors can be caused by a unit that hasn’t been properly cleaned or maintained, or by a filter that needs to be replaced.

An unusually loud air conditioner could indicate that the fan isn’t working properly, that one of the internal parts has become loose, or that an internal mechanism has become clogged with dirt.

Water dripping on the outside of your air conditioner (i.e. outside the house) may be normal depending on the type of air conditioner you have. Moisture inside the house, on the other hand, indicates that your air conditioner may need to be repaired or replaced.

  1. The temperature fluctuates.

At the temperature you’ve set, your air conditioner is supposed to maintain a consistent temperature. If you notice that certain rooms or spaces become cold zones while others don’t seem to get any cool air at all, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is on its last legs.

  1. It requires extensive repairs.

Your air conditioning unit should ideally be serviced once a year to check for blockages and cleanliness. You may also require extra service or repair on occasion. However, if you find yourself repairing your unit several times per year, replacing the air conditioner may be more cost-effective and efficient in the long run.


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