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How to Decide Whether to Replace or Repair Your AC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s the middle of a hot and humid Maryland summer and you still can’t seem to cool off. If you’re wondering whether there’s a problem with your air conditioning (AC), there probably is. If issues with the AC are a continual ordeal you may want to consider whether to replace or repair your AC.

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Signs You Need to Repair your AC

Generally, if the air in your house feels stale or you’re still hot despite attempts to cool down, this could indicate problems with the air conditioning. The severity of repairs can vary, so if you’re experiencing multiple problems or recurring issues this could indicate more extensive unit damage. If you are experiencing AC problems, professional help is always a good investment to ensure lasting comfort. Don’t forget that repairing your AC unit can also halt further property damages such as mold. Initiating repairs early can also preserve the life of the unit overall, saving you money in the long run. Here are several signs that indicate a need for repair:

Continuous Heat and Humidity

An obvious sign of a faulty AC unit is that your home can’t seem to remain cool. If the air is stagnant or humid, or if the AC unit is only producing warm air, this indicates that your AC is not up to capacity as well. If this is occurring, the compressors or AC ventilator could be damaged, requiring specialist attention.

Foul Smells

If your AC unit gives off an odor, this is also a sign that it’s time to get it looked at. Dust and possibly bacteria build-up can lead to mechanical problems that could also lead to other damages in the house.

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Leaking AC Unit

if your AC unit is dripping water, seek out an AC specialist for a consultation. Most AC units use refrigerants to cool your home, which sometimes creates condensation as it works against hot conditions. A functioning unit should not allow leaking fluids though, so this could indicate that the mechanics of the unit are weakening.

No Circulation

If your home is warm and there is infrequent or no air circulation at all, clearly your air conditioner is not operating at maximum capacity. The issues causing this could range from mechanical problems like a damaged motor, or a filter is simply clogged.


If you hear rattling or other strange noises coming from the AC unit, this often indicates that the internal mechanics may be loose or on the verge of fracturing. Larger noises can also signify internal deterioration. The more these noises occur, the greater the risk of damage, so you’ll want to address any persisting rattles as soon as you can.

Signs You Need to Replace Your AC

All the indications that your AC unit needs repairs can also indicate more underlying issues that necessitate replacing the entire unit altogether. The main focus of determining whether replacement is a better option than repair is in how bad the damage and recurring issues are. Ask yourself whether AC problems are frequent and/or are getting worse. If you’re paying more and more for AC repairs, the efficiency of your air conditioning system isn’t sustainable, so this will just increase your costs and discomforts.  At this time, it’s best to just replace the unit altogether.

AC units typically need to be replaced every 15 years. However, each unit is different so be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations concerning system lifespan. Remember, if you’re spending more on energy just to power a faulty AC unit, it’s time for a new, more efficient system.

Use Air Conditioning Specialists

Secure the best value and performance from your air conditioning by working with seasoned HVAC professionals. AC units are complicated. Trying to fix the unit yourself without the proper training might just add to the damages and maintenance costs. Not to mention, you risk you and your family’s further comfort. Contract with trusted professionals to give you definitive guidance on whether your AC needs to be repaired or replaced. Save money, stay cool. It’s that simple.

Exxel Mechanical Services is your trusted source for all heating air conditioning needs. We’ll help keep your house comfortable in summer while saving the most money possible. Repairs or replacements, stay cool, we’ve got your AC covered. Contact us today by calling (443) 844-3422.