You depend on your air conditioner for many things, including keeping your home cool and comfortable as well as improving the air quality by filtering out dust and other allergens. Like any other appliance, your air conditioner will grow old and show signs of wear as it begins to age, which also means that it will eventually need to be replaced. Failure to replace your air conditioner can result in lots of wasted energy and money, expensive repair bills, and even a total system failure, resulting in no air conditioning whatsoever. Want to avoid one of these catastrophes? Here are five signs your air conditioner may be about to give out, and that you should consider replacing it soon.
Even with regular maintenance from skilled technicians, your air conditioner will eventually fail, and the chances of a failure rise as your air conditioner ages. Generally, when your air conditioner reaches 10 years of age, you should start keeping an eye on it and considering replacement. If you regularly maintain your system, you may be able to extent its life longer. However, you may want to consider replacement earlier if you run your system more often.
High Utility Bills
An older air conditioner won’t be able to effectively cool the air as much as it used to, which means your system will have to run harder and more often in order to keep up with your demands. This leads to increased energy bills as well as increased wear and tear on things like blower motors and fans. If your air conditioning bills have been abnormally high this summer, you may be about to experience a system failure, and you may want to have your system inspected by a trained professional.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Are you experiencing sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, runny nose, or other allergy symptoms in your home? Your air conditioner may be the cause. The filter in your HVAC system is what takes out many of these allergens, and regular replacement is necessary. However, there are numerous other issues that could cause poor indoor air quality because of your air conditioner. If the air quality in your home is degrading rapidly and you’ve tried changing your air filter, you may want to have a professional inspect your system to determine the issue. If the issue is serious, you should consider having your air conditioner replaced, and speak with your technician about obtaining an allergy-friendly solution.
Lack of Cold Air
Does your air conditioner struggle to output cold air? Does it seem like the air it’s blowing into your home is barely cooler than the already sweltering temperatures outside? If so, your system could be showing signs that it’s about to give out. The inability to transfer heat is usually a top sign that your air conditioner is in poor health and may be about to give out completely. It could also point to a number of other signs, including leaky ductwork or a broken or worn-out thermostat. Talk to an expert today about replacing your system and find out what may be causing this lack of cold air throughout your home.
Frequent Breakdowns & Service Calls
You may be able to repair your system and get it working again for the time being, and some repairs can hold for many months or even years of use. However, the first breakdown is usually a sign of several more to come. You could temporarily fix your system now, but odds are you’ll probably just have to repair it again later. Likewise, repairs on older systems could get more expensive, particularly if your air conditioner runs on Freon, which is no longer produced. You might actually save substantially more money in the long run by avoiding these repairs and simply replacing your system outright.