As much as we’re sure you’d like it to, your air conditioner simply won’t last forever.
Think of it this way—a car with over 150,000 miles on it simply can’t drive like a brand new one—that’s just how stuff works! However, with routine air conditioning maintenance and by staying on top of your AC repair needs, you can keep your air conditioner operating well for at least 10-15 years. This sure beats being disappointed by subpar AC service, right?
Cooling system problems that go unaddressed can unfortunately build up and cause significant damage. A small refrigerant leak, for example, can eventually lead to your compressor working “too hard” to do its job, and failing as a result. And we hate to break this to you, but a failed compressor usually means a failed air conditioner altogether.
But how do you know when your air conditioner needs help?
Noticing the Signs of a Struggling Air Conditioner
Obviously, if you detect any strange or loud sounds coming from your air conditioner, or if it simply isn’t doing its job, it doesn’t really matter what the problem is, you should contact a professional. That said, read on as we uncover some of the signs of a struggling AC system:
- It’s Not As Efficient As It Used To Be: This is a big deal. If your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be working as powerfully as it used to, or if you’ve noticed that your cooling bills are rising, then something is causing the system to work inefficiency. And no, you aren’t being nitpicky if you notice you’re less comfortable or that you’re paying more for your cooling. Please pay close attention to your energy bills, and if they’re much higher than they were this same time last year or much higher than what your neighbors are paying, give us a call.
- It Is Making Odd Noises: It may not be a huge or loud noise you hear that indicated your air conditioner needs repair. It can be somewhat subtle! For example, perhaps you’ve detected a faint bubbling or a hissing noise. This can be the sign of a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is essential to the functionality of your air conditioner, so this isn’t something that you want to dismiss. You could be hearing a clanging or moaning sound—this can be the sign of a loose component or fan. The longer you allow strange noises to continue, the more likely it is that this will turn into an expensive problem.
- Old Age: As we mentioned above, a well-cared for air conditioner can last about 10-15 years. Beyond this point, your air conditioner can certainly start to have problems, including the ones we mentioned above. While an older air conditioner doesn’t immediately need replacement if you notice a repair need, it’s even more important to address repair needs quickly if it’s an older system. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing a complete system breakdown.