Signs Your Air Conditioning System Needs To Be Replaced

Having a properly running AC unit in Las Vegas is a necessity. Can you imagine even living for one day without AC in the middle of July or August? We’re sure you’d rather not. But the truth is that AC units do break down from time to time. Those that are continually maintained have a better chance of making it through summer after summer, but even these units occasionally stop working too. If you don’t want to be stuck sweating it out in Las Vegas with no AC, here are seven signs you need to look for to know whether it’s time to replace your AC unit with a new one.

You’re Hot

That’s right. You’re hot in Las Vegas because your AC is not pumping out hot air. This is an easy sign and one you’ll notice right away. The problem could be low Freon, a broken compressor, or another issue. It’s best to call in Ben Air Systems right away to determine what the problem is, whether it can be fixed, or whether you need a new AC unit. If the warranty is still valid on your current unit, we suggest you make a claim.

You’re Kinda Hot

Ok. You’re getting some cold air, but it really isn’t enough. It’s just not working like it usually does. You know something is wrong. It could be the AC compressor or blocked vents. You could wonder about it all day, but instead it’s best to call the professionals to come in and take a look. Then the mystery will be solved, and we can get to fixing or replacing your unit.

You’re Hearing Things

No. You’re not crazy. You’re AC unit is actually making those squealing, banging, and rattling noises. We suggest you turn off your AC unit right away and give us a call. These types of noises are probably pointing to a serious issue, like a broken motor bearing.

Your AC is Leaking

If you find liquid around your AC unit, it’s probably leaking. You can expect to see some condensation around your unit, but if you see pools of liquid, you have a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. It could be refrigerant that’s leaking or something else. These substances can be harmful to your health so leave it up to the experts to assess the situation. Also, if your AC unit is leaking water, this can cause major water damage to the area surrounding the unit, causing mold and mildew to grow.

One Room is Cold and the Other Isn’t

When you’re freezing in one room and feel like you’re in Florida in another room, then the thermostat is likely broken. Call us at Ben Air Systems to test your thermostat and see if it needs to be replaced. This is an easy fix and much cheaper than replacing an entire unit.

Your AC Unit is Old

If you’ve had your AC unit for more than 10 or 15 years, it’s time for a new one. Today’s models are more energy efficient than your old one and will save you money in the long-run, especially on repairs.

You’re Constantly Repairing Your AC Unit

If you’re calling in the professionals on a regular basis to fix your AC unit, it’s probably time to invest in a new, modern one. All those repair bills add up so it actually makes more sense to replace a unit that keeps breaking down.

Swamp Cooler Replacement Signs

While most people are familiar with traditional air conditioners, swamp coolers can be a much more effective way to cool a home, especially in climates that experience relatively high temperatures. However, this means it can be more difficult to find a company to service these coolers. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself so you know what you should look for that indicates the need to replace your swamp cooler before the problem is severe enough to leave you boiling from the heat outside.

Signs of Corrosion

A swamp cooler uses water to create the cool air you need, which is why corrosion is a normal part of the aging process for the machine. Eventually, the water will cause rust to form on the metal surfaces of the swamp cooler. In addition, the minerals found in the water can lead to scaling, which will spread throughout the machine over time. As these issues spread, the efficiency of the swamp cooler will suffer, which means it’s time to consider installing a replacement.

Lack of Regular Maintenance

Just like a traditional air conditioner, you need to work with an experienced company to perform regular maintenance on a swamp cooler. However, it’s easy to forget about this necessary maintenance, especially if the machine is doing its job. However, this lack of regular maintenance can quickly take a toll on the machine and it’s ability to keep your home cool. If you aren’t getting this maintenance done, you will need to think about replacing the unit much faster than if you got an annual inspection and other maintenance done by the professionals.

An Older System

A swamp cooler won’t last forever. It’s essential to pay close attention to how long you’ve been using the system. However, while your system may not run quite as well as it did when you first got it installed, you may not need to get it replaced right away. With proper maintenance, an older system can serve you well without needing to replace it. In order to ensure you get the most out of your unit, be sure to hire the professionals to inspect it on a regular basis and complete any maintenance or repairs before any major problems can arise. This will allow you to push off a new installation for longer.

Nonexistent or Warm Airflow

The air that comes out of your unit should be cool and keep your home comfortable, despite the soaring temperatures outside. When the air stops coming out of the system as strongly as it should or it isn’t as cool as it once was, this is the sign of a problem. At this point, you will need to call in the professionals, so they can perform an inspection to determine if the issue can be fixed with a repair or if you are better off replacing the system entirely.

Leaking Water

Water is one of the most important elements in the way a swamp cooler works. If the water is leaking out of the system, it won’t perform its job the way it should. In many cases, this problem can’t be repaired for less than what it would cost to purchase a new unit entirely. Therefore, if you notice water leaking from the system, it’s time to prepare for installing a new swamp cooler in your home.

No one wants to think about replacing their swamp cooler in a short time. Therefore, it’s important to have the right professionals on hand to perform routine maintenance and make any repairs while the issue is still small.

Issues That Result From Overworking Your A/C Unit

Las Vegas in the summer is hot. That’s an understatement. This is the time of year when your air conditioning unit needs to be in tip-top shape. The last thing you want is to be stuck inside during the sweltering Nevada heat without any relief, except for a fan or two. If you start to notice any issues with your A/C system or if you haven’t had it serviced in a while, now is the time to call Ben Air Systems.

Many of our customers wonder what could be wrong with their AC, why it’s not pushing out any or enough air. Read on to learn more about the most common AC issues that can result in the entire system breaking down.

No Cold Air

Is your AC blowing air but your house still isn’t cool? This happens when you set the AC temperature too cold for a long time, resulting in using large amounts of refrigerant, also known as freon, which cools the air in your home. When you use too much refrigerant in a short time period, it gets used up quickly. Another issue you could experience is a refrigerant leak, which also makes it drain that much faster.

Sluggish A/C

When you find that your A/C is actually cooling your home but is taking far too long to do so, your unit may be too small for your home. This means it has to work much harder to get the job done, resulting in extensive wear and tear on the system and a higher energy bill. A trained technician from Ben Air Systems can inspect your system and let you know if it’s too small. If so, it’s time to upgrade to a larger system. Tip: An A/C unit should maintain an indoor temperature that is 20 to 25 degrees less than the temperature outside. If your A/C system can not reach this goal, you may have an issue with the unit or the unit is too small.

Strange Noises

An A/C unit that is compromised makes some really weird noises. You might hear it screech or squeak, which means that a motor belt is about to break. Banging, rattling, and clanging is especially problematic. If you hear these noises, turn off your unit immediately and call Ben Air Systems to inspect it. A smacking sound means something could be stuck in the blower blades. After turning off the A/C, inspect the blades and remove any debris you find. Clicking sounds mean there is probably an issue with the electrical connections. Do not try to handle this yourself. Instead, contact the professionals at Ben Air Systems.

A/C Solutions

To help keep your A/C system running at optimum performance, follow these two simple tips:

Set your unit to AUTO. Don’t leave it on all day. This causes the blades to constantly move even though they are not pushing out cool air, which causes more wear and tear on your system.
Change dirty air filters regularly. Dirty filters clog your system and prevent cold air from coming through. This is an easy task and something you can do on your own.
For an A/C problem you have, the professionals at Ben Air Systems can handle it. Call us today at 702-825-2600.