Is it Time for Air Conditioner Service or Replacement?

January 05, 2016

When any big change in weather hits and we start taking calls about air conditioners that aren't creating cool air, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of air conditioner service and maintenance. If air conditioner problems are not handled, your system may suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family out to dry. However, there are a few warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for air conditioner service or replacement before your system quits working.

Air Conditioner Age

The typical life expectancy of air conditioners is between 12-17 years. If your air conditioner is 15 years or older it's a safe bet to start air conditioner shopping now. Selecting a new air conditioner isn't a decision you want to have to make in an emergency. Give yourself a bit of time to look through and weigh all of your choices.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

Air conditioners lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately maintained. Imagine the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend on a new, more efficient system.

More Frequent Air Conditioner Repairs

The last couple years of an air conditioner’s life are when your system ends up with the most breakdowns. Begin adding up the money you've been spending on air conditioner repair the last two years - a new system might be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any strange dings coming from your system? Air conditioners start making odd noises near the end of their lifespan. If your air conditioner is switching on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to think about getting your system replaced.

A Dry or Dusty Home

Older air conditioners don't humidify or filter the air in your home efficiently. Your home can start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice more symptoms. Some other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your air conditioner, it may be time to start looking into a new system. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the new system or air conditioner service that will work for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 203-357-5913 and talk with one of our professionals.