While summer may still feel far away, it’s never too early to test your air conditioner and make sure it’s ready for those hot months ahead. For many people, their air conditioning unit is something that just sits idly by during the fall and winter months until it’s time to use it once the weather warms up. As a result, you may not even know that your air conditioner has a problem until it’s too late. That’s why, in today’s post, we will provide you with some signs to look for that may indicate that it’s time to replace your air conditioner.

If you go to test your air conditioner and realize that it’s not working the way it should, Davis Heating & Cooling is here to help! We take pride in offering high-quality HVAC services to New Jersey residents. Our team of expert HVAC contractors can help your repair or maintain your existing air conditioning unit, and when it comes time to upgrade to a more efficient model, we can help with that too. What are you waiting for? Get a jump on the upcoming warmer weather and contact Davis Heating & Cooling today! In the meantime, keep an eye out for some of these concerning signs below.

Poor Air Quality

Your air conditioner’s main purpose may be to cool your home, but it also helps provide your home with proper ventilation while also filtering dust and debris before it enters your home. If you’ve noticed more dust in your home recently, you find that your allergies are worse than normal, or you feel as though your house is more humid, it could be a sign that it’s time to replace your air conditioner. If your air conditioner has a problem, it could be having trouble ventilating and filtering your air. In some cases, you may simply need to replace the air filter, especially if it’s been a while. However, if you want to be on the safe side, we recommend reaching out to a professional HVAC contractor who will be able to provide you with expert advice on how to tackle the problem.

Weak Airflow

When those really hot days start rolling in, you want to be able to turn on your air conditioner and have it cool your home in a timely manner. However, if you find that your house isn’t cooling down very quickly, or you aren’t feeling that strong rush of cold air that you’ve felt in the past, it could be the result of weak airflow from your air conditioning unit. Weak airflow can be a sign that the compressor on your air conditioning unit is failing, but it can also mean that there is a blockage in your air ducts. We recommend calling a professional who can tell you for sure, as opposed to trying to determine the cause and fix it on your own.

Strange Noises

As a homeowner, you know what your air conditioning unit sounds like when it’s working properly, which means you’ll also know what it sounds like when it isn’t working properly. If your air conditioner starts making strange noises when it turns on and off, there’s a good chance that there is a problem. That being said, there are some noises that are to be expected, such as a pop or a whistle. However, if you hear squealing, scraping, grinding, or continuous pops or bangs, it’s best to call a professional and have them inspect your air conditioner right away.

High Energy Bills

Energy bills are not always the cheapest, but if you’ve noticed recently that your energy bill is higher than normal, and you haven’t been using more energy than you usually do, it could be an indicator that something is wrong with your air conditioning unit. When your air conditioner has a problem or needs to be replaced, you may notice that it switches on and off more frequently. This could indicate that your air conditioner is working harder than normal to try and keep your home cool, and as a result, your energy bill is higher than normal.

Age

As much as we may wish that our trusty appliances lasted forever, that’s rarely the case, and just like some of your other larger appliances, your air conditioner unit will eventually need to be replaced. Typically, air conditioners last between nine and 12 years. If it’s been at least 12 years since you replaced your air conditioner, you may want to consider upgrading.

Reach Out to Experts You Trust!

When it comes to problems with your air conditioner or your HVAC system in general, you need to be able to rely on HVAC contractors who have your back and will put your needs first. Luckily, if you live in New Jersey, our team at Davis Heating & Cooling can provide you with the services you need. From repairs and maintenance to complete system installation, we have the years of experience and highly rated customer service to get the job done correctly the very first time. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!