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Signs your air conditioning unit needs replacing

As the temperature rises, it’s essential that your air conditioning system is working at optimal efficiency. Even with regular maintenance, air con units can eventually reach the end of their lifespan and will need a part or full replacement. Understanding the signs that your unit is on its last legs can help to avoid unforeseen breakdowns and expensive repairs. In this blog, we will cover the most common signs to recognise that your AC unit needs replacing. Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, keeping on top of these replacements can save money and provide a safe, healthy space for you, employees, investors and visitors.

5 Signs for air conditioning needs a replacement

Higher energy bills

If your energy bills have been higher than usual, it could be down to the cooling system working too hard. Even if a home or workplace isn’t adequately cooled, your air conditioning system may be running up your monthly energy bills meaning a replacement will ensure that each part is working efficiently and using the correct amount of energy.

Limited airflow

This is probably the most noticeable sign that your air-con unit is experiencing problems. If you turn the unit on and the air doesn’t come out cold within a few minutes, then it’s generally not functioning properly. The issue could also be a consequence of clogs in the piping which restricts airflow and will require professional maintenance or repair.

Bad smells

An air conditioning unit should be releasing clean, neutral-smelling air, but this will change is if there is an internal issue. If the unit is producing a smokey or burning smell, this can indicate serious problems and requires immediate attention or replacement.

Build up of moisture

Every air conditioning system will create moisture to some extent, but those which are functioning correctly should be able to handle it without much maintenance or attention. When moisture is present or there has been leakage, this will not only cause the system to underperform but could also pose a serious health risk to anyone in the environment. If the problem persists, this will create an undesirable breeding ground for mould and a whole new string of issues.

Bad sounds

The presence of strange or unfamiliar sounds such as grinding, squeaking or chattering is not normal when it comes to air conditioning units, evening if you have had the system for a while. Most AC units are supposed to operate at a noise level that is barely noticeable, so if your cooling system is drawing attention to itself, that is a clear sign you need to upgrade to new equipment.

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Why is it important to replace an air conditioning unit?

There are a number of reasons why it’s important to replace an air conditioning unit when it’s either reaching the end of its lifespan or showing signs of malfunction. Whether the unit is in a home, school, office or warehouse, keeping a poor-quality unit can cause health issues, further construction issues or physical damage. Here are a few of the most important things to consider when replacing a unit.

  • An old or faulty air conditioning unit will not cool your indoor space effectively, which can lead to discomfort, reduced productivity or workplace satisfaction. It may also struggle to maintain a consistent temperature which can be an important regulation in spaces such as schools or server rooms.
  • A poor functioning system can potentially release harmful refrigerants into the environment, which can contribute to ozone depletion and climate change.
  • You or anyone in the environment is posed with health risks from a faulty air con unit, particularly for individuals with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues.
  • Saving money on energy bills
  • Meeting workplace standards and health and safety requirements

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Air conditioning maintenance and repair

Lee Jackson Air Conditioning provide expert maintenance and repair for a number of air conditioning systems across Nottingham. Derby, Leicester and the rest of the UK. Our team of installers and engineers are well skilled and knowledgeable of all air con units and specialise in brands such as Mitsubishi, Fujitsu and Samsung.

If you’re looking for an expert to come and look at your unit or set of units, get in touch with our team on 0800 949 9070 and we’ll get you the help you need!