Most people have experienced that feeling of dread when they turn on their air conditioner and nothing happens, or the air refuses to go cooler. The feeling of dread reflects the cost of repairing or replacing your air conditioner, and the fact you won’t have it when you need it the most.
In some cases, the issue is small and can be easily fixed, such as a dirty or clogged air filter. In other cases, it’s time to call the local industrial air conditioning specialists and find that it’s not as expensive as you thought to replace the unit.
The following seven signs will tell that your air conditioner is dying and you need to be ready for the cost of replacing it:
1. No Power
One of the most common issues with air conditioners is a lack of power. If this happens you’ll need to check the main breakers and establish if there is power to the unit. In many cases, it is simply a blown fuse.
However, a lack of power in the unit can also mean that the electronics in the unit are fried or that the compressor is no longer working. In both cases, the repair is likely to cost more than the replacement and it simply isn’t worth it.
2. Clicking Noises
Clicking noises tell you that something is trying to turn on but is constantly switching off. Again, you could simply be looking at a relay. But, it can also be a sign of much bigger issues that are not economically viable to repair.
Alongside clicking noises you should keep an ear open for whirring noises and droning. These are all signs that your unit has an issue. Unfortunately, it is likely to be fatal.
3. Your Unit Is Old
A simple sign that you may need to think about replacing your unit is because it’s old. Air conditioners can last between 15-20 years, providing they are regularly serviced. If yours is over 10 years and hasn’t been serviced regularly, or is between 15-20 years old, then it’s only a matter of time before it needs to be replaced.
4. Warm Air
Warm air is a clear sign that there is something wrong with the unit. It can simply be dirty air filters or a dodgy thermostat. However, it can also be something more serious, such as a refrigerant leak.
Some leaks can be repaired and the system refilled. But, some systems use older refrigerant which is no longer legal, meaning that repairing the unit is not an option.
5. Repairing It Every Week
Another clear sign that you need to replace your air conditioner is when you have the technician out every week to fix something. If this is the case, your unit is struggling and you will quickly spend more on repairs than it costs to replace the unit.
It simply makes more sense to replace it.
6. Energy Bills Increasing
You probably know roughly how much energy you use at different times of the year. If you suddenly notice you’re using a lot more energy then you will need to have your air conditioner looked at. There are very few other things that can cause you to use a lot more energy.
The only question is whether your air conditioner can be fixed, or if it is better to replace it. Don’t forget, newer units tend to be more efficient, reducing the cost of running them.
7. It’s Always On
An air conditioner should come on and cool the space. Then, it should click on and off periodically to maintain the temperature.
If your air conditioner is running constantly there is a good chance it has an issue. Even if it doesn’t, it will do soon as being constantly on will burn out the motor much faster. Again, there are several possibilities and some are much cheaper to replace than the others.
What To Do When You See A Warning Sign
The first thing to remember is that you’re not an air conditioning specialist. That means, while you have recognized the sign, you can’t be certain of the cause. In other words, you need to call the professionals and have them check your air conditioner. They can tell you what the issue is and the cost of repairing it.
It’s that cost, compared to the value of the unit, and how often it needs to be repaired that tells you whether you should be repairing the unit or getting ready to replace it.