Unfortunately, there still isn’t an air conditioner on the market that will last forever. We think it’s pretty safe to say that will never be the case.
However, when you care for your air conditioner properly, it should be able to give you a good 10-15 years of useful service life. If your system is much newer than that and is starting to show signs of malfunction, it’s possible you need a repair. After all, air conditioners suffer from wear and tear just like any other large home appliance.
The problem with AC problems is really neglect. If you recognize that your air conditioner is struggling, the best thing you can do for it is contact a professional right away, rather than waiting for that problem to turn into a bigger emergency, like a complete system breakdown. So, what are the signs that your cooling system is, in fact, struggling? Read on to find out!
It’s Making Loud or Unfamiliar Noises
There are some sounds that are natural to hear coming from your air conditioner, like the air whooshing through the vents and into your home. There are other noises, however, that should alert you to give out team a call. This includes clanging, banging, clicking, hissing, or anything else that seems out of the ordinary.
It’s Blowing Lukewarm Air
This may seem like a pretty apparent problem with your air conditioner, yet many homeowners brush it off. If temperatures are mild enough outside, then a homeowner could jump to the conclusion that their air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing cold air because it’s not actually warm enough outside to feel the contrast.
There Is Low Airflow
So perhaps the air coming through your vents is cool, but it’s not very powerful. This can be as equally aggravating. What’s the point of running your air conditioner if it can’t work as powerfully as it’s meant to, right? Low airflow can be caused by a number of things, plus it can cause your air conditioner to run longer, inefficiently so, in order to do its job.
The System Is Short-Cycling
Short-cycling is the name given to the process where an HVAC system rapidly turns on and off, never completing a full cooling cycle (or a full heating cycle, in the case of a furnace). This is draining on the system, and like low airflow can be caused by a number of things, but can also be the cause of further AC damage.
High Energy Bills
This one can be a bit subjective. After all, who doesn’t think their bills are too high? But what we want you to consider here is what you’re paying in comparison to what you were this same time last year, or compared to what your neighbors are paying. If there’s a huge discrepancy, it means that something is causing your system to work inefficiently, and that needs to be checked out.