4 Signs It's Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner

The AC is one of the most useful household appliances. When the summer temperatures soar, your AC helps keep your house cool. Unfortunately, your AC is not engineered to last a lifetime. An AC that has reached the end of its service life or is damaged beyond repair is costlier to operate and unreliable.

Here are some signs your AC needs to be replaced.

The Unit Is Too Old

The average AC is designed to last between 15 and 20 years. Some factors that affect AC lifespan include whether or not it has been maintained regularly and properly. Additionally, it also matters whether or not the unit was installed correctly and if it runs all day all night or at certain times of the day.

When the sun beats down on you, the last thing you need is an AC that does not cool properly or does not cool at all. An old system is inefficient, uses more electricity and can be unreliable. They may develop a problem and stop working without any warning. Thus, it may need frequent repairs and is much costlier to operate than a new one.

Before summer arrives, have your contractor inspected your old AC to determine if the unit needs any air conditioning repairs in Santa Rosa or should be replaced.

Your Energy Bill Is Going Up

Are your energy bills going through the roof? Your AC may be to blame. A sudden and inexplicable rise in your energy bills could mean that your AC is no longer as efficient as it used to be. If your AC is too old and the problem is too expensive to fix, consider replacing it.

You Notice Weird Noises And Odors

Air conditioners are designed for quiet operation. Don’t be alarmed if you hear some noises coming from your AC when you start it. These sounds are nothing to worry about. However, loud grinding, rattling or squeaking noises coming from your AC can indicate a serious underlying issue and could mean that it is time to replace it.

Similarly, unusual smells coming from your AC could mean that your AC is no longer capable of handling your household’s cooling needs. The air coming out from your AC vents when your unit is operating should smell and feel fresh. If it smells smoky, moldy or musty, start looking for a replacement.

Lack of Cool air and Limited Airflow

This is the most obvious sign that your AC is no longer able to do its job properly. Cool air should come out of your vents within minutes after you turn on your AC. If this is not the case, your AC is struggling to keep up and may need to be replaced.

AC not working properly the way it should? Just-In Time Plumbing & Heating can help. We have years of experience maintaining and repairing different types of AC units in Santa Rosa. To make an appointment, call (707) 571-1336.