Is it time for a new air conditioner? Here are our air conditioner red flags.
As we head into peak cooling season, it’s important that you keep an eye on the performance of your air conditioner. Your air conditioner may be working, but is it working to the best of its ability? And, if you are experiencing below-than-desired performance, is it time to find a replacement?
Here are some red flags you should keep in mind that could indicate that it’s time to find a replacement.
Higher utility bills. During the summer, cooling bills are going to go up – there’s no getting around that. BUT, if it seems lie there has been a significant increase year-over-year (and it’s not due to milder weather) there could be an internal problem with your system. At this point, you should call a contractor.
Louder system. Your air conditioner does make noise while operating, even the quietest units make SOME noise. But, if you’re hearing abnormal banging, clanging or it seems like the unit is louder in general, there could be something wrong with the internal workings of your air conditioner. If there is not an obvious resolution to the problem, turn off the system and call a contractor.
System is on but not blowing cool air. Although this can be a sign of many less problematic issues (like a clogged furnace filter or duct damage). You want to make sure that you immediately turn off your system to avoid further damage. If you’ve checked most of the obvious, external issues and they don’t seem to be the problem – make sure you turn to a professional.
System is constantly running. A system that is constantly running can be a sign that it is too small, the thermostat isn’t working properly, or a host of other issues. If your air conditioner won’t shut off on its own, make sure you turn it off manually (to avoid further damage) and call a contractor.
If you notice any of these red flags (particularly is your unit is reaching the 12-year mark) it may be time to retire the old unit and start looking into something newer. Start the search for a new system by turning to your local heating and air conditioning contractor.