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Signs the Summer Has Wiped Out Your AC—And It’s Time to Replace It

As your air conditioner reaches the end of its life, there will be more and more signs that it is time to think about a replacement. In fact, experts estimate that you will see the most problems with your air conditioner in the last two years of its life.

If your air conditioner has begun to perform differently this summer or you notice frequent problems, it may be time to invest in an AC replacement in Jupiter, FL.

You can keep reading to learn more about the most common signs that your air conditioner is reaching the end of its life.

Energy Costs

One red flag to watch for is increasing energy costs. We know that you have a lot of different appliances and lights in your home using energy. But since your air conditioner is one of the largest systems in your home, it consumes the most energy. Seeing a significant uptick in energy use usually points first to air conditioning problems.

Increasing energy costs can happen in one of two ways. The first is noticing persistent gradual increases over time. If you don’t change your air conditioning settings, your energy use should not increase a whole lot. Of course, there may be months when you do use more energy because of extreme temperatures. But aside from that, your energy use should not increase every single month without ceasing.

There’s also a possibility that you see one sudden increase on your energy bill that remains high. Your energy use does vary from month to month, but seeing a large leap in use at one time usually means that something is wrong. There’s a good chance that a component in your air conditioner is not working as it should, causing your air conditioner to work much harder than it usually does to produce the same results. 

Unusual Sounds

Another bad sign for your air conditioner is when it begins to make unusual sounds. Your air conditioner is not completely silent while it operates, but it should never make any sounds that are loud or alarming. Over the years with your air conditioner, you should be pretty accustomed to which sounds are normal. 

Knowing the everyday sounds makes it easier to identify sounds that are unusual when they do begin to happen. Even if you only hear an alarming sound one time and don’t hear it again, you still need to give us a call to check it out. Your air conditioner may not break down right away when a problem begins. Instead, the problem may worsen over time, eventually leading to an AC breakdown.

Changes in Output

Many homeowners think that it is completely normal for their air conditioner to lose some of its performance as the years go by. However, this is untrue. Your air conditioner should be able to keep your home cool at a consistent level across its entire lifespan without you making changes to the settings. If you find yourself lowering the thermostat settings in an attempt to cool your home, something is probably wrong with your air conditioner. 

Since there is no obvious issue, you may be tempted to ignore these signs, but it’s always a good idea to stay ahead of problems. Even if your air conditioner is reaching the end of its lifespan, we may be able to service it for another year so that you can plan ahead and begin saving for a new unit installation next year ahead of the summer season.

Contact Mechanical Air Conditioning for your central air conditioning needs. Schedule an appointment today with our team of certified HVAC experts.

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