Is it Time for Air Conditioner Service or Replacement?

January 05, 2016

When any big change in weather strikes and we start getting calls about air conditioners that aren't producing cool air, a lot of them can be traced back to the lack of air conditioner service and maintenance. If air conditioner concerns are not taken care of, your system may 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 safe bet 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 plenty of time to look through and weigh all of your possibilities.

Increased Gas or Electric Bills

Air conditioners lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly maintained. Envision 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 few years of an air conditioner’s life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on air conditioner repair the prior two years - a new system could be more cost effective.

Strange Noises

Have you heard any weird noises coming from your system? Air conditioners start making weird noises near the end of their lifecycle. 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 all that well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies may notice increased symptoms. A few other signs are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture.

If any of these red flags sound like what you are experiencing with your air conditioner, it could be time to start thinking about a new system. We will work with you to make sure you are getting the new system or air conditioner service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 302-231-1380 and speak with one of our professionals.