Four Signs You May Need a New AC

Not sure if it’s time for a repair or a replacement for your AC unit? Here are four signs it’s time to fix – or upgrade – your cooling system:

  1. The Temperature Isn’t Right- If your AC is blowing warm air or is inconsistent with the temperature setting on your thermostat, it’s not a good sign. A lack of cool air could be indicative of a system compressor failure, while discrepancies in airflow throughout your home could point to a blockage in your air ducts. Air flow problems mean it’s time for an HVAC check-up to determine if your system needs repair or replacement.
  2. You Unit is Making Strange Sounds- If there are strange sounds coming from your AC unit, you should call in the professionals to examine it. With any unit, small noises are common and are often easily repaired, especially if the unit is relatively new. But when your unit starts emitting rattling sounds consistently, it may be time for a replacement.
  3. You Energy Bill Has Skyrocketed- Properly working units run efficiently and effectively, with little to no variance in your energy consumption month to month. If your monthly energy bill has increased while your usage has remained the same, it could be a sign your AC unit is working harder than it should to keep your home cool.

Your AC Unit is More Than 10 Years Old- The lifespan of most air conditioning units averages 10-15 years, which means your decade-old AC unit is entering its retirement years. How much maintenance your unit has had over the years can determine the lifespan of your unit, but the decade mark is usually the time to start shopping for a new unit.