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5 Signs You Need To Replace Your AC Unit

Knowing the warning signs for repair comes in handy!

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Photography: Miguel Macancieno and Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

In the Philippines, where the weather consists of mostly hot and humid days, air conditioners are a crucial part and a must-have in every home. It's something that we use almost everyday, so it is bound to experience some wear and tear. Unfortunately, even the most advanced models aren't designed to last forever. Not sure if your AC unit is on its last leg? Check it for these tell-tale signs and solve problems before they get worse:

1. It's no longer producing cold air. 

If even at full blast, the unit blows warm air, it may be time for serious repair as this usually means your compressor has failed. It could also mean that your system's Freon levels are very low—if that is the case, you might have to replace the unit as soon as possible.

2. You're having trouble controlling the thermostat. 

There are ocassions when the problem isn't the AC unit but the thermostat which controls temperature. An easy way to tell if it's busted is if one part of your home is very cold while the other rooms remain warm.

3. Your electricity bills keep getting higher. 

If your bills keep getting more expensive without you changing your consumption patterns or your cooling system, consider doing an energy audit in your home. Check the difference when the AC unit is turned on and when it's turned off. This helps you figure out whether your air conditioning unit is still working properly as damaged units tend to use more power. 

4. It smells a little funky. 

Are pungent odors coming out of your vents? If so, the wire insulation of your AC may have burned out or your unit hasn't been cleaned properly. Make sure to have the filters replaced regularly to lengthen the life of your air conditioner. 

5. You've had your AC unit for over a decade. 

As a general rule, air conditioners are designed to last approximately 10 years before replacement. If your unit is close to the end of its lifespan, it's time to scour the stores for a new one. Make sure to pick out an energy-efficient model to lessen your carbon footprint, too! 

PHOTOS: Miguel Nacancieno (Main) | Vincent Coscolluela (Main, 2) | Marc Jao 

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