Is My Air Conditioner Broken? How to Know if You Need a New Unit.

A broken air conditioner during the summer is a real let down. You, your family, your staff and your clients live and work better in a comfortable, temperature-controlled environment — a hot, sweaty home or business facility is no fun for anyone.

If you’re concerned that your AC or HVAC system is not working, we’re here to provide you with a few tips on what to look for.

Is My AC Too Old?

An old air conditioning unit isn’t necessarily in need of replacement. If it’s been well-maintained and serviced, your old AC might be able to provide you with many more years of reliable service.

With that said, an air conditioner or compressor that is older than 10 years may lack certain efficiency features that newer models offer in abundance, such as Energy Star ratings. If your old AC has a SEER — Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio — rating, you’ll be able to compare that to units currently on the market. A higher SEER means a unit can produce better energy efficiency, saving you money on energy bills and helping preserve natural resources. We recommend replacing your air conditioner if it has a SEER under 13.

Telltale Signs of AC Failure

There are a few other ways you can determine whether your AC is in need of replacement:

  • Weird Smells: If you begin to notice offensive odors after turning on your AC, first check its vent to see if your filter needs replacement. If this isn’t the culprit, it may be time to think about buying a new unit, particularly if it emits a stale smell or if your nose tells you something’s about to incinerate.
  • Unusual Noises: If your AC is making unusually loud sounds, it’s possible something inside has come loose or is about to break. Much like noises from your car that cause concern, you’ll want to pay attention to any noticeable knocks or squeals that emanate from your unit.
  • It’s Still Too Hot in Your Building: We’ve had a few exceptionally hot days this summer that have placed a strain on our air conditioning systems, but if you find that your unit consistently fails to keep your room at a comfortable temperature, it’s time to invest in a replacement.

Bruni & Campisi: Your AC Replacement Source

If you’re a home or business owner in Westchester County, NY, Stamford, CT, Greenwich CT or the surrounding areas in need of a new air conditioning system or repairs to your existing unit, contact us at Bruni & Campisi today for a free estimate. We’re well experienced in working with clients to suggest when to get a new HVAC — we’ve successfully provided this service to area residents for nearly 40 years.

We offer a wide range of rebates for high-efficiency air conditioning systems, so now is a great time to upgrade your home or business’s HVAC system. Trust the friendly, knowledgeable team here at Bruni & Campisi to provide you with expert air conditioning consultation and professional installation services.

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