Though it would be nice if it did, your air conditioning system won’t last forever.
And think about it, a vehicle with 200,000 miles on it won’t drive like a brand new car.
So if you have an aging air conditioner, chances are that the system is going to need repairs at some point, even if you haven’t already invested in repairs.
The thing is, air conditioner issues that go unmanaged can quickly have a domino effect, with one broken component leading to another, and so on. For example, the smallest refrigerant leak can keep going until your compressor has too little in it to even be able to function, and so it burns out. Unfortunately, the compressor is the most expensive part in your air conditioner, and if it fails it likely means it’s time to replace the whole entire system.
Detect the Signs That You Need AC Repair
It’s probable that you already know if your air conditioner is making loud banging noises, or if the air coming out of your vents is very warm despite a correct thermostat setting, that it means something is drastically wrong and the system needs repair. Not all repair needs are this obvious though—in fact, some are pretty subtle. Read on as we uncover 3 of these subtle signs that your AC is in need of repair.
A Drop in Efficiency
This is a big sign that something is amiss with your air conditioner. If you notice your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be keeping you as cool as it used to, or it’s getting there eventually but taking a lot longer than usual to cool down your house, then you’re dealing with something that’s causing the system to work inefficiently.
The same can be said if you take a look at your energy bills and they’re much higher than what you paid this same time last year, or what you’re paying in comparison to your neighbors. You deserve to be comfortable at an affordable price! Don’t accept poor efficiency.
We always say that if your air conditioner is making noises it never has before, then it’s time to call us for repairs. However, sometimes those noises can be so quiet at first that you don’t even realize where they’re coming from. For instance, what if you hear something that resembles a bubbling or hissing sound? This isn’t normal, and probably means you have a refrigerant leak.
If you hear a slight moaning noise, it can be that something is loose and getting ready to break, like a fan belt or a fan.
The longer these noises go on without investigating them, the more likely it is that you’ll face a much bigger repair need than necessary, and likely pay a lot more in the meantime.
Do you know how old your air conditioner is? You should know that even a system that is meticulously cared for and professionally maintained every year is designed to last about 10-15 years. Beyond this point, it will likely start working less efficiently and be more prone to issues.
You don’t always have to replace an older air conditioner, but when you need repairs, it’s best to address them sooner rather than later.