5 Signs your Air Conditioner is on its Last Leg

Be aware of signs that will lead your Air Conditioner stop working.

With summer in full swing and weeks of above 95 degree heat, imagine if your air conditioner stopped working? With high temperatures, the Air Conditioner (A/C) becomes our best friend! To alleviate the headache (and sweat) stay on top of your systems maintenance. Although you take the necessary precautions- it is inevitable that at some pint, you will need a new A/C system. We have listed five signs your Air Conditioner to is trying to tell you its about to give up its fight.

  1. Age of your HVAC System: Usually AC systems last for approximately 13-16 years, depending on brand and other factors. If yours is around this age, replacement is highly recommended.  If something is already broken, for instance the AC compressor, a new one might be even cheaper.
  2. Rising Energy Costs: As your HVAC ages, it doesn’t work as well as it used to. Therefore, it will require more energy in order to cool your home. Compare your bills from last summer and check to see if your suspicions are confirmed. If you bills have increased, chances are your older A/C may be to blame.
  3. It’s Hot in Here!: The most obvious sign of death for your A/C. However, it isn’t always a sign that it must be replaced entirely. Perhaps there is a clog in the ductwork, its frozen, etc. In a nutshell, if your Air Conditioner isn’t working at all, have it evaluated by a specialist. Alternatively, if it seems to be working but not cooling, it may be time for a replacement.
  4. Humidity in your Home: Removing humidity is one of your A/C’s jobs. There may be fog on your windows and moisture in the air. The unit will no longer be able to extract humidity from the air inside as efficiently as in the past.
  5. Noisy and Funny Smells: A healthy HVAC system should run pretty quietly. The equipment should work quietly, and the air should come out clean and fresh. It’s one of the most underrated signs that is time for you to replace your Air Conditioner. If you find yourself adding scent precautions to your filter- this is another uh-oh!

Credits to American Home Shield