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Five signs your Philadelphia air conditioner may be on its last legs

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Five signs your Philadelphia air conditioner may be on its last legs

Five signs your Philadelphia air conditioner may be on its last legs

Squeals, odors and leaks? Call Giannone today.

Philadelphia is about two months into the heat of summer, and your air conditioning system has probably already gotten a good workout. Does it have the stamina to make it to fall? Heat persists well into September in the Philadelphia area. Here are five signs it might be time to call the experts at Giannone to discuss repairs or replacement, both of which we will do economically and quickly.

  1. Lost its cool. The air conditioner is pushing out lukewarm air. Most modern air conditioners use a coolant made of two types of refrigerants (blended refrigerant). When a leak occurs, one refrigerant leaks out more quickly than the other. This leaves you with more of one than the other. Over time, from having the refrigerant leaking, will result in imbalance in the blend. This will cause the system to run erratically. When refrigerant leaks, it also leaks oil along with the refrigerant. With oil loss, the compressor won’t work properly and will prematurely fail. New refrigerant does not replace the lost oil. Most contractors just fix the symptom, not the underlying problem.
  2. Odd odors. Strange smells emanating from your AC means that wire insulation or other components are smoldering, or there is a buildup of mold or mildew in your air conditioner. This must be remedied quickly for health reasons, especially if someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma.
  3. Weird noises. A grating, crunching or squealing sound may indicate that a belt is torn or loose, motorized parts are no longer sufficiently lubricated, or that bearings are about to burn out.
  4. Leaks. If you notice moisture or pools of liquid around the base of your air conditioner, that can be bad news. It indicates that refrigerant is leaking or the drain tube that removes condensate from the unit is broken or plugged.
  5. Increasing repairs and higher utility bills. This suggests your AC is working harder than it should. It could be a result of dirty or damaged condenser coils, or worse, it could mean your compressor is approaching the end of its useful life.

While these problems may be remedied with a tune-up, it may be time to consider a replacement. The average useful life of an air conditioner is about 10 years. Our financing options can make replacing air conditioning in Philadelphia a very economical option. Contact Giannone today for guidance on purchasing a new cooling system. Summer has a ways to go yet in Philadelphia.

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