air conditioning system

There’s no good time to replace a failed air conditioning system, but the worst may be in the peak of summer heat when you need it most.

To avoid that situation, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re keeping a watchful eye out for any signs of substantial wear, especially if your unit is getting on in years. Most units are like old cars: they show signs of failure before they actually stop running.

Choosing to replace your investment is a tough choice, but knowing the signs in advance can help you prepare for the change before it happens. Here are five telltale signs a system replacement may be in your future.

1. Your System Is Getting Old

Advances in technology mean that air-conditioning systems are getting better and better over time. However, even the latest models will last only 12-20 years, and only if they’re well maintained.

If your air conditioner is over 12 years old, you might want to start to keep an eye out for signs of wear and start shopping around for new units, just in case.

2. You’re Hearing Strange Sounds

Unusual noises are not something we expect from an air conditioner, even an aging unit. Both central air conditioning systems and ductless air conditioning systems should run quietly.

If you hear repeated strange noises during any part of the cooling cycle, it may be a sign that your cooling system is beginning to wear down and needs an upgrade.

3. You’re Paying High Utility Bills

If your utility bills are skyrocketing without apparent cause, your air conditioner may be to blame. when your cooling system has to work harder to keep your house at the right temperature, it can really take a toll on your wallet.

Consider swapping it out for an ENERGY STAR model, which can offer significant energy savings.

4. Your Unit Needs Frequent Repairs

We recommend an HVAC maintenance plan that takes care of your yearly needs, especially if you have an older system. You should also be following through with maintenance best practices of your own, including opting for high-quality air conditioning filters as you replace them.

However, if you’re calling for frequent repairs even though you’re following through with the recommended maintenance schedule, it may mean that you’re sinking your money into a failing unit.

5. Your Home Is Uncomfortable

Your air conditioner’s job is to keep your home cool—and if it can’t do that, it can become a major headache. If certain parts of your home are uncomfortably hot no matter what temperature your thermostat is set to, you may need to replace the system.

Worse, when your air conditioner won’t turn on at all, you might want to eliminate common culprits to make sure it hasn’t failed completely.

Reach Out for an Air Conditioning System Inspection

Don’t ignore air conditioning system issues and let your home comfort suffer. If you’re worried you might need to replace your system, call us for a diagnosis.

Our highly trained technicians will inspect your system to let you know whether repair or replacement should be on the table, and we can offer you specific advice on your next steps. Reach out to us for help!