As a summertime life-saver it has served you honorably. But eventually the intense mechanical demands and the ravages of Father Time will take their toll on your air conditioner, leaving it unable to perform its traditional cooling duties.
It isn’t easy to know when the time is right to replace an air conditioner. But there are some clear warning signs that can help clue you in.
Signs of Air Conditioner Failure
If your malfunctioning air conditioner gives out suddenly in the middle of a long, hot summer you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle, suffering in the sweltering heat without the funds needed to make a quick replacement purchase.
To avoid such a scenario it is better to be proactive, to begin planning your purchase of a new air conditioner a few weeks or months ahead of time. In order to do this you’ll need to recognize when a final, catastrophic breakdown may be approaching.
Here are the signs to watch out for:
- Age: Your air conditioner was installed 15 years ago or more.
- Escalating repair bills: You’ve had your AC fixed more than once and each time the cost of the repairs is greater.
- Repairs coming late in life: If your air conditioner is between the ages of 10 and 15 and suddenly needs multiple fixings, you are unlikely to reach that 15-year milestone.
- R-22 (Freon) leaks: When an air conditioner begins leaking refrigerant it is an early indicator of total equipment failure.
- Rising energy bills: Are your summer utility costs increasing relative to past years? A struggling air conditioner on its last legs could be the cause.
- Home comfort is compromised: Your air conditioner has been running constantly, and yet your family has been complaining just as constantly that your home is too hot.
These signs are your air conditioner’s way of letting you know it is time to start thinking about the future—a future that could include a brand new central air conditioning system.
William G. Day Company—Delaware’s Air Conditioning Experts
Before you make any final decision about replacing your current air conditioner, you should have your entire HVAC system inspected and analyzed by a skilled technician. Feedback from an informed source will help you create a rational air conditioning plan of action.
In the Wilmington area William G. Day Company has gained a reputation as the go-to source for expert analysis about issues related to heating and cooling technology. If the future of your air conditioner is in doubt contact us right away, and we will send a certified HVAC technician to your home to inspect your equipment and make a final report on its continuing viability.
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