When any big change in weather comes and we start getting calls about air conditioners that aren't producing cool air, the majority of them can be tracked back to a lack of regular air conditioner service and maintenance. If air conditioner problems are not addressed, your system could suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family out to dry. However, there are a few warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for air conditioner service or replacement before your system breaks down.
Air Conditioner Age
The average life expectancy of air conditioners is between 12-17 years. If your air conditioner is 15 years or older it's a good idea to start air conditioner shopping now. Selecting a new air conditioner isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself a bit of time to view and weigh all of your possibilities.
Increased Gas or Electric Bills
Air conditioners lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly maintained. Think of the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be spent on a new, more efficient system.
More Frequent Air Conditioner Repairs
The last few years of an air conditioner’s life are when your system incurs the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on air conditioner repair the last two years - a new system may be more cost efficient.
Have you heard any weird dings coming from your system? Air conditioners start making strange noises near the end of their lifespan. If your air conditioner is cycling on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to look at getting your system replaced.
A Dry or Dusty Home
Older air conditioners don't humidify or filter the air in your home all that well. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone in the home with allergies may notice more symptoms. A couple other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.
If any of these red flags sound like what you are undergoing with your air conditioner, it could be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or air conditioner service that makes most sense for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 309-517-7511 and talk with one of our professionals.