Is it Time for Air Conditioner Service or Replacement?01/05/2016When any big change in weather strikes and we start getting calls about air conditioners that aren't producing cool air, a lot of them can be linked back to irregular air conditioner service and maintenance. If air conditioner issues are not taken care of, your system could suddenly stop operating and leave you and your family out to dry. However, there are a couple warning signs you can watch for to know when it's time for air conditioner service or replacement before your system breaks down. Air Conditioner Age The average life expectancy of air conditioners is between 12-17 years. If your air conditioner is 15 years or older it's smart to start air conditioner shopping now. Choosing a new air conditioner isn't a decision you want to have to make in a hurry. Give yourself plenty of time to view and weigh all of your choices. Increased Gas or Electric Bills Air conditioners lose efficiency as they get up there in years and your system will lose efficiency faster if it has not been appropriately maintained. Imagine the extra money you're paying to the utility company as money that could be spent on a new, more efficient system. More Frequent Air Conditioner Repairs The last couple years of an air conditioner’s life are when your system encounters the most breakdowns. Start adding up the money you've been spending on air conditioner repair the last two years - a new system might be more cost effective. Strange Noises Have you heard any odd sounds coming from your system? Air conditioners start making weird noises around the end of their lifecycle. If your air conditioner is cycling on and off frequently or blowing chilly 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 can start feeling stuffy and any family members with allergies may notice an uptick in their symptoms. Some other indicators are: static shocks, drooping plants and cracking furniture. If any of these indicators sound like what you are undergoing with your air conditioner, it might be time to start thinking about 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 805-238-7553 and speak with one of our professionals. Or, if it's more convenient for you, arrange an appointment with us online.