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Not knowing whether to replace or repair your air conditioner during a Hawaiian summer can feel stressful. There are many signs that point to whether your AC unit should be repaired or replaced. Some malfunctions are common and require standard AC repairs. However, other problems are more serious and could mean that it’s time to replace your AC unit. 

When your air conditioner is malfunctioning or not operating at full capacity, the first step toward a solution is simply diagnosing the problem.

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3 Signs That You Might Need AC Repairs

There are a variety of symptoms that require a professional to repair AC units that aren’t functional. When it comes to the expertise of highly trained technicians like those of Island Comfort, these signs for AC repairs quickly become testaments to the experience of vetted technicians.

Use the following information to decide the best way to go about restoring your air conditioner to its former glory! 

1) Dirty AC System

A dirty AC filter or ducts can not only be harmful to the functionality of your air conditioning, but they can also be harmful to your health. Dirt, debris, and tropical mold commonly build up in AC filters and ducts throughout the lifetime of a unit. It’s best to replace your filter regularly and have a professional inspect, unclog, and clean your ducts for the filtered air to remain safe, clean, and most importantly, cool your home.

Unclean air conditioner filters and ducts can cause many health problems. Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections are more likely when you’re breathing in dirty air or coming into physical contact with dirty filters or ducts. It’s best to leave a task like cleaning your unit to professionals who work under the proper protocols.

2) Leaking Refrigerant

You may have noticed leaks coming from your air conditioner. More often than not, this is a sign of a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant (also known as coolant) is a liquid chemical that circulates and transforms hot air to cold air and disperses it throughout your home in a gaseous form. Many things cause coolant leaks, including vibration of your unit, corrosion of copper tubes, factory defects, improper installation, and more. This coolant can be a dangerous chemical; therefore, it’s best to leave refrigerant leaks to the pros. 

3) Corroded Or Frozen Coils

Leaks can also be a sign of a frozen coil. The coils of your air conditioning unit hold coolant and are responsible for capturing and releasing heat from your AC unit. It’s common for these coils to freeze when the interior copper tubing that houses the refrigerant becomes corroded over time. Again, maintenance for such an issue is best left to expert technicians

2 Clues That it’s Time for AC Replacement

AC replacement is the next course of action if repairs are an inadequate solution. Here are two clues that it’s time to replace your AC.

1) Constant AC Repairs

AC replacement cost pales in comparison to the money you already spend if your unit requires constant repairs. Some repairs are necessary throughout the lifespan of your AC unit. Yet, when it gets to the point where a technician is constantly repairing your AC unit, it may be time to consider AC replacement. In addition, certain repairs aren’t even worth pursuing due to their intricate nature and the cost associated with the procedure. Sometimes it truly is better to replace your air conditioner and discover more modern, cost-effective units.

2) Your AC Unit Is Outdated

AC units typically have a lifespan of 10-15 years. If your AC unit has made it to that age, then you should be proud; you’ve gotten a lot out of your investment! However, trying to extend your air conditioner’s usefulness beyond this period could make for high costs for repair when AC replacement costs would be significantly less.

Want To Learn More?

Island Comfort has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau, and our reviews are a testament to our expertise. If you’re currently experiencing problems with your AC or would like a question or two answered, contact us today!