How Do I Tell if I Need to Replace My AC?

Everyone knows the signs that an air conditioner is working normally, but it’s harder or even impossible to know when it’s malfunctioning. Some A/C owners hear noises that they’ve never heard before, while others don’t hear or feel any difference. Review the signs that your cooling system is beyond help and needs to be replaced.

Unusual Sounds, Odors or Sights

In many cases, people use their four major senses to know if something’s wrong with their air conditioner: hearing, sight, odor and sensation. They may hear loud clanging noises coming from an A/C that has damaged parts. They may smell burnt odors from a machine that is overheated and see mold or dirt collect on one that is old and worn out. Some people feel warm air being released instead of cool air or barely feel any air when standing close to the vents.

Lack of Cooling

Most people who need a new air conditioner notice a severe lack of efficiency that was not present when they first bought it. This is evident in two different ways: the A/C works at half of its capacity or takes much longer to work at its fullest capacity. Over time, the A/C becomes less efficient and causes more discomfort until it eventually breaks down altogether.

Frequent Repairs

Another obvious sign is the increasing frequency of repairs. On average, a machine that requires a minimum of three repairs per year is destined to be replaced soon. The machine parts are more likely to be broken, missing or damaged as time passes. The repair bills become more difficult to manage, and the repairman becomes more familiar with the household.

The Repairs Cost More Than the Installations

People pay an average cost of $200 to $500 per A/C repair. The costs vary based on the type of repair and increase when you replace whole parts. The typical charge for a brand-new A/C installation is $2,000 to $4,000, depending on its size and the amount of space cooled.

Even people who don’t pay electric bills know how expensive it is to maintain air conditioners and heaters. When a normal functioning A/C runs all day long during the summer, the bills are costly. It’s a lot higher if the A/C is 20 years with worn out parts that work at half of its level of efficiency. That’s why knowing when it’s time to replace your equipment instead of make another repair is important. We can help you choose your new cooling system – call us right away at 408-295-2182.