Is it Time for Air Conditioner Service or Replacement?01/05/2016When any big change in weather hits and we start taking calls about air conditioners that aren't producing cool air, most of them can be linked back to the lack of air conditioner service and maintenance. If air conditioner concerns are not taken care of, your system may suddenly stop working and leave you and your family out to dry. However, there are some warning signs you can be on the lookout for to know when it's time for air conditioner service or replacement before your system stops running. Air Conditioner Age The normal life expectancy of air conditioners is between 12-17 years. If your air conditioner is 15 years or older it's a good idea to start air conditioner shopping now. Buying a new air conditioner isn't a decision you want to have to make on the fly. Give yourself plenty of time to research and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Air conditioners lose efficiency as they age and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been properly maintained. Envision the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that you could spend on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Air Conditioner Repairs The last few years of an air conditioner’s life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Take a moment to add up the money you've been spending on air conditioner repair the prior two years - a new system may be a better option. Strange Noises Have you heard any strange sounds coming from your system? Air conditioners start making odd noises at the end of their lifespan. If your air conditioner is switching on and off frequently or blowing cool air, it's time to consider getting your system replaced. A Dry or Dusty Home Older air conditioners don't humidify or filter the air in your home very well. Your home may start feeling stuffy and anyone with allergies might notice increased symptoms. A couple other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these red flags sound like what you are experiencing with your air conditioner, it could be time to start researching a new system. We will work with you to be sure you are getting the new system or air conditioner service that be best for you and your home comfort needs. Call us at 805-688-4018 and chat with one of our professionals. Or, if it's better for you, set up an appointment with us online.