Inspecting Your AC Unit Properly
For those who don’t know, air conditioning is an electrical machine that helps to keep you and your house cool by cooling down the warm air inside.
There are many things to check when inspecting a broken ac – leaks, if it’s blowing cold air, making any noises – so today we will go through some of these.
First off all let’s start with checking for leaks. A leak can be very dangerous as they mean electricity has come into contact with water (never good) and also the problem is usually more severe than without one too.
To check for leaks you need to inspect the seams between panels of metal on the outside unit as well as the indoor side (if possible There should be no visible gaps or holes, and if there are you should have a quick peek inside to see how big the gap is so you can get a repairman out fast.
Next up, no cold air coming from your ac? No problem! This could be caused by countless things that may not actually be related to the ac itself.
The Importance Of Hiring An AC Professional
It is absolutely not recommended to attempt an air conditioning inspection yourself. This article will quickly establish why this is the case. Firstly, you may be tempted to take a look at your units compressor and assume all is well with it. However, there is much more to ac units than meets the eye. The internal components are extremely complicated, even for ac repair professional technicians let alone lay people.
There are many reasons why hiring someone who knows what they are talking about when inspecting your air conditioning units is a much better idea. If you are concerned about the costs associated with this then don’t be. A professional inspection of your ac unit will enable you to find out its general condition, pinpoint problems if they exist and discover more about what can be done to fix them. Once you have carried out an inspection, it will also allow you to tell whether or not your ac unit needs replacing, which itself saves money in the long run because you won’t have to spend unnecessary amounts on repairs immediately, only for something else to go wrong down the line.
Repair Or Replace Your AC Unit
Every homeowner knows that they have to keep their ac unit up and running. If not, the summer heat will be too much to bear, making your house a sauna while you’re away at work, or forcing you to eat out for every meal because cooking without ac is just unbearable.
The right answer is all about return on investment (ROI). When repairing your air conditioner still makes more sense than buying a new one, you’ll know. Before you make the decision to buy or repair, consider these factors:
- Repair Costs vs Replacement Costs
Take your AC unit’s price tag and compare it with the cost of replacing it. This doesn’t necessarily mean taking down installation costs–just what it would cost for all of the parts and labor needed to get the current unit up and running again.
- Quality and Durability
Repairing your old air conditioner is always going to be cheaper in the short term–but can you really put a price on longer lasting comfort? Consider what kind of life expectancy you can expect from each ac model before making your decision.
- Energy Efficiency and Uptime
Another thing to consider: how much money are you actually spending to keep your ac unit running? Upgrading to a more efficient, longer lasting model will save on energy costs long term. With that in mind, it might be better for you to buy another unit rather than put money into repairing an old one.
- Availability of Parts and Labor
Last but not least: how easy is it going to be to get the parts needed for the fix? If the contractor who comes out doesn’t have all of the necessary parts or has trouble finding them at an affordable price, this could end up costing you way more than if you went with a brand new unit–in which case they can likely find everything at once.