With summer coming on fast, should you give your air conditioning a second thought? Most people don’t until it’s actually time to turn it on. It’s then they find something is wrong, or the unit is malfunctioning. Why wait until you need it to find out there’s a problem? If you’re a Hayward resident whose air conditioning system is 10 to 15 years old, it’s probably time to replace your system with a newer, more efficient model. We’ve included a few signs below that may indicate your current system is simply old and beyond functioning the way it once did.
Dust and excessive noise. Does your A/C rattle, roar, or make other noises? Have you noticed your home is dustier than usual? While it could be that a component is loose and a quick repair could take care of it, have your system checked out. Older units often have leaks in the ductwork, which can result in a home that’s much dustier, as dust and other debris that makes its way into the ducts via leaks come into your home via the air registers.
Utility bills are getting higher. Of course electricity and gas companies have increases; however, if your utility bills are getting noticeably higher while your neighbors’ bills are staying within reason, it could indicate your system isn’t running efficiently. This is often common when an air conditioner is reaching the end of its life cycle.
Higher humidity levels. Today’s air conditioning systems are capable of removing humidity from the indoor air, making the air more comfortable and less “sticky.” Excessive humidity can be damaging to your home and health, as it can result in the growth of mold, warping of wood, and more. Too much humidity indoors generally indicates an issue with your cooling system, however repairing the problem in a system that’s older is sometimes wasted money considering the remaining life is likely brief.
If you’ve noticed any (or all) of the above in your home, it’s time to call the Hayward air conditioning professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning. Even if you haven’t noticed a problem, now is the time to have maintenance performed so you can rest assured your system will function efficiently all summer long!