It has been a record-breaking summer in Ontario, with temperatures well above average. As forecasts predict a continued heat wave originating from the West, residents are retreating inside to escape daytime temperatures that have been consistently above 30 C.
With summer conditions like these, homeowners expect that their air conditioning system will function properly. What they fail to recognize, however, are the warning signs that accompany an ageing or failing unit. If you are a homeowner responsible for maintaining a heating and air conditioning system, it's crucial to know what to look out for.
Read our guide to make sure your air conditioning system is ready for this hot Canadian summer.
The last thing you want to feel on a sweltering day is warm air coming out of the vents. When an air conditioning system fails to cool properly, it may be a sign of restricted airflow or a faulty compressor.
First, check your thermostat. If everything is in order, it's time to call in a professional.
Clogs in its ductwork or piping can cause limited to no airflow through the system. If you turn on your AC and realize that the airflow feels weak or nonexistent, it's time to take a closer look.
Water Leaks and Humidity
Moisture in the air conditioning system will contribute to additional system delays and deficient performance. It can also expose your household to dangerous mould as it begins to appear on and around the unit. This can cause additional damage to other parts of your home's structure.
High Utility Bills
If the air cooling system in the air conditioning unit is faulty, the air conditioning system will require a higher-than-normal amount of energy to operate. This may result in a higher utility bill - an expense that none of us want to worry about.
Bad Smells and Air Quality
Don't wait to call a technician if you are smelling burning or smoky odour coming from your unit. If the smell is more of a musty variety, you may have a mould problem. This will need to be addressed for the health and safety of your household.
Any squeaking, chattering, or grinding noises present are a sign that something has broken inside of the unit. As these issues are a little harder to examine and diagnose, you'll want to call in an expert for support.
Replacing Your Air Conditioning System
Is your home air conditioning system ageing and beyond repair? Your air conditioning system will let you know when it's time for a fix. If you've had the unit for 10-20 years, it might be time to consider your replacement options.
When it's time to replace your air conditioning system, browse HomeTech Environmental's line of energy-efficient air conditioning products. A qualified technician will be able to recommend the best system for your home or business in Aurora and throughout the York Region. Contact us today for a free estimate.