When your air conditioning is working well you hardly notice it. You just know that you’re comfortable. When you notice your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, first consider whether there are things that might be putting an abnormal strain on your system. Some examples could be very hot weather or a party/event with lots of doors opening and more people in the house.
If none of these seem to apply, consider how old your equipment is. In general if your air conditioner is 10-15 years old and you’re noticing changes in performance, it may be nearing the end of its life.
There are four signs that your equipment might be failing:
- Your electricity use has increased compared to past years’ usage. Differences in temperatures year to year and changes in the cost of utilities can be other reasons for this, so it helps to look at electric usage, not just the dollar amount.
- You feel less comfortable in your home. A system that is failing can have trouble removing the humidity from the air.
- Your cooling system is noisy.
- Your air conditioner or heat pump has to run longer to maintain the same thermostat setting it used to.
If you see these signs, your heating and cooling contractor should evaluate your air conditioner. We often find that a thorough tune-up can bring the performance of an air conditioner back to where it ought to be. If repairs are needed, you’ll get good information about the costs or whether putting that money into a new unit would be better.
Consider carefully before putting a lot of money into repairs on an older air conditioner. If a technician told you that you need to replace your equipment, some contractors will even offer a “second opinion” so you can proceed with confidence.
For more information about signs your air conditioning system could be failing, contact the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving homeowners in the greater Cleveland area since 1936.
Kim Nemecek works at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.