What are Floridians most afraid of? No, it’s not hurricanes, snakes, gators, or sharks—It’s their air conditioner going out! And for good reason. It can be brutal to lose that refreshing coolness in a state where temps and humidity are often in the 90s. But ACs do go out, and when they do, you need to be prepared.
There are two kinds of AC outages: your AC isn’t working because you’ve lost electricity or your AC dies due to age or mechanical issue.
Assuming your home was cool when the AC went out, you should:
From unexpected lightning storms to blown transformers on Bay Shore, car crashes to hurricanes, those of us living in the Tampa Bay area seem to lose electricity at least several times a year. That’s why it’s important to have these items on hand. (This is not a hurricane prep list.)
A final note about bad weather in the Tampa Bay area. Some outages are unexpected, but when there’s a storm, you know the power could go out at any time. Keep your phone charged as often as you can. Letting the battery get down to 10% means that when the electricity goes out your phone will soon follow.
Yes, you’ll eventually lose your phone power, but if it’s fully charged it will last a lot longer. This is important because you can keep track of when the electricity will be restored.
If your AC unit dies due to a mechanical or age issue, Cool Today offers same-day AC repair service to Tampa, Orlando, Naples and Sarasota. But how do you know if your AC unit is on its last legs? Well, there are typically signs that will tip you off.
When you can detect noticeable differences in temperature just by walking into another room, your air conditioner is losing its capacity to distribute cool air throughout your house evenly. Yes, your air filters could be dirty or clogged, but it could also signal that the AC unit’s motor is becoming less efficient and it’s about to die.
If your AC unit is making a lot of noise, it’s probably working harder than it should to keep cool air circulating throughout your home. Air conditioners that are on their last leg often make clanging or squealing sounds when they are on. This could mean that the compressor is dying, the fan blades are worn out, and/or that there are loose parts within the unit. Regardless of why your air conditioner is making so much noise, there’s a good chance it could die sooner rather than later.
If your AC unit is constantly running, yet the house isn’t getting very cool, the motor could become overworked and break down. This could signal a problem with the compressor or a refrigerant leak. In addition, the system could become clogged with dirt that’s blowing in, which can also cause the unit to be less efficient. If the temperature in your home isn’t getting down to the temperature set on the thermostat, your air conditioner may need to be replaced.
Another sign of a dying air conditioner is its inability to filter impurities such as dust, mold, and carbon monoxide from the air. This may not only signal that your AC unit is dying, but it could also affect your health. If you notice abnormal amounts of dust on your furniture or you’re experiencing a dry throat, you definitely want to have an AC technician look at your air conditioner as soon as possible.
If you frequently have to have your air conditioner repaired, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a new one. At some point, the return on investment is not going to be worth the money you’re putting into repairs, and an AC technician should be able to let you know if you need a new AC unit.
If your air conditioner is more than 12 years old, it may be time to replace it. That said, run time is much more important than the unit’s age. This is particularly the case in Florida, where most people’s air conditioners are running throughout the year. The bottom line is that you should monitor the condition of your AC unit so that you’re not surprised when it breaks down.
There comes a time when your AC unit dies a natural death, so you want to be prepared if you have to have it replaced, particularly during the dog days of a Florida summer. Our highly experienced technicians can give you the lowdown on your options. And if you need a new air conditioner, Cool Today offers affordable financing options. Give us a call today at 800-226-2636 or schedule an appointment online!