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Four Signs It's Time To Replace Your AC

July 25, 2023 | Blog

Air conditioners can be life savers, especially in the hot and humid Arkansas weather! Your air conditioner’s life expectancy can range from 15 to 20 years, depending on how often it gets regular AC maintenance. When it gets to a point where AC replacement is needed, there are a few notable signs to look out for.

If you’re in need of an AC installation, Island Airco has a professional HVAC team that is on standby! Sometimes it isn’t easy to notice the warning signs that your air conditioner is headed toward the end of its lifespan. Here are four signs that it’s time to replace your AC.

1. The AC Is At Least 10 Years Old

When you think about a reliable car, you may think of the tried and tested family car that’s seen many sights. However, this vehicle may become less dependable over time. Air conditioners and cars have a few things in common — after many years of use, it’s time to trade it in for a shiny new model.

Your AC lifespan is a crucial factor to keep in mind when considering a replacement. Air conditioning systems begin to deteriorate around the decade mark. If your unit is around ten years old, it’s probably time to go out with the old and in with the new. A new air conditioner will help you avoid spending big bucks on replacing additional components in your home’s HVAC system.

2. AC Doesn’t Cool Evenly

When you set a temperature for your home, you expect it to be that temperature throughout the entire house. Sometimes, this isn’t the case, as one room may feel warmer than the room across the hallway. There are several reasons for uneven temperature, a few of which are:

  • The AC is an older model and may not be as functional as it once was.
  • If you live in a newer house, the unit may not be the correct size.
  • You may need to replace your air filter.

If it turns out to be one of the first two issues, it is best to consider buying a new unit. A technician will help you determine a solution, so your house can stay at the same temperature without any fluctuation.

3. Your Energy Bills Pile Up

When temperatures begin to soar in the summer, it’s no surprise that the energy consumed may also rise. The goal is to keep it consistent, but if your system’s temperatures haven’t changed and the energy bills are higher, it may be a sign that your AC is on the fritz.

To determine whether your air conditioner is the culprit or not, one of our technicians can evaluate your system to determine how efficiently it’s running. Maintenance and inspections will prevent your unit from overusing energy, saving you money in the long run!

4. You Detect Odd Scents And Sounds

If there is something suspicious going on around you, your senses usually are the first to alert you of anything strange. When an air conditioner is on its last leg, it may start making unusual sounds or emitting a scent.

Typically, you see words like bang, rattle and squeal in graphic novels. However, when your air conditioner makes these noises, it’s similar to the villain in this story. One cause of the sound you may be hearing could be debris blocking airflow in the system. Typically, this is a minor inconvenience that can be easily fixed.

When it comes to odor, ACs should never produce a strange smell. If the air begins to smell musty, burnt or moldy, you need to contact a technician as soon as possible. Some odors can be dangerous if not corrected quickly.

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Even though your system isn’t a living thing, there is a life cycle for your air conditioner. If your AC is nearing the end of its life, contact Island Airco today! One of our experienced technicians will be there to lend a helping hand!

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