When the warmer air makes its way to South Louisiana, we count on our trusted AC systems to keep us cool and dry. But what about when the unthinkable happens, and your HVAC unit breaks down on you mid-summer?
At Southern Air South Louisiana, we want you to enjoy your summer without having to worry about an AC replacement. It’s important to know the warning signs that your system is giving up on you before it’s too late, and we’re here to share them with you.
Out of the many things your AC offers you, smelling funny should not be on the list. If you’re noticing an interesting odor coming from your system, this could have a few different causes.
If the smell is similar to gunpowder or is especially strong, your fan motor or circuit board may have shorted out.
If you’re smelling a musty scent, you could have a bacterial buildup growing in a few places including:
- The drain
- The evaporator coil
- The drip pan
- The drain line
While these can be detected by a technician and usually don’t mean you have to throw the whole system out, bigger problems may arise when these issues are left for too long without attention.
What’s That Sound?
Sounds like grinding, squeaking, buzzing or clanking coming from your HVAC when you turn it on are not ideal and could be a sign that something is seriously wrong. It may be anything from a malfunctioning compressor to a refrigerant leak, but be sure to have a professional come out to diagnose the problem. If your AC is nosier than it used to be, it may be time to upgrade to a new system.
Have you noticed higher than usual energy bills? One area of your home may be getting a lot more air than another? If these problems sound familiar, you could have efficiency obstacles on your hands.
While the reasons for a lack of HVAC efficiency can vary, what they all boil down to is your system working harder than needs to heat and cool areas of your house.
If this issue has presented itself, be sure to call a trusted professional to come out and see what’s going on.
Over the Hill
Last but not least, if your HVAC system is reaching the end of its life, one or all of the above-mentioned problems could mean it’s time for a replacement.
If you don’t know how old your system is, check out the nameplate located on the back of your outdoor unit’s cabinet. Usually, there will be a month and date labeled “MFR Date” that will give you a clue as to how old your model is. If you don’t see a nameplate, simply write down the model and serial number and check online.
The average age for an HVAC system is 15-20 years – if it has been properly taken care of through tune-ups and timely repairs. If you know your system is reaching the end of its life, give some thought to upgrading your system.
What if I’m Not Ready to Give Up on My HVAC System?
If your system is working fine, or seems like it’s got more life in it still, that’s great! Make sure you’re scheduling regular maintenance and tune-ups as needed to lengthen the life of your system, as well as prematurely catch any mechanical issues that may arise.
When you are ready to replace your system, remember that Southern Air South Louisiana offers financing to ensure you get exactly what you need and want out of your new HVAC unit.
Call Southern Air South Louisiana for AC Replacement and Installation
Whether you’re ready for a completely new system or you have questions about tune-ups or repair, give us a call today. Southern Air South Louisiana has served Jeanerette and the surrounding area for years, and we would be happy to assist you with any HVAC-related problems you may have.
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