Home Warranty Questions & AnswersWhat are the signs that I need a new air conditioner?

What are the signs that I need a new air conditioner?

Asked by James White
Erin Easley
Erin EasleyStaffAnswered on 8-December-2022

There are several signs that may indicate it is time to replace your air conditioner. One of the most common signs is when it stops cooling your home effectively, or if it cannot maintain a consistent temperature. Other signs include strange noises coming from the unit, increased energy bills, or if the system is leaking, which can indicate a refrigerant leak. 

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to have your system looked at by a professional right away. A professional can inspect your system and determine if it needs to be replaced. In some cases, it may be possible to repair the system, but if the unit is more than 10 years old and is in need of multiple repairs, it may be more cost-effective to replace the unit. 

In addition to these signs, you should also consider replacing your air conditioner if it is not energy efficient. Older air conditioners tend to be less efficient, meaning they use more energy to cool your home. This can lead to higher energy bills every month. Replacing an older unit with a new, energy-efficient air conditioner could save you money in the long run. 

Finally, if your air conditioner is not able to keep up with the changing temperatures outside, it may be time to replace it. A new air conditioner will be better able to adjust to the temperatures outside, meaning you will be more comfortable indoors. 

To summarize, here are the common signs that you need to replace your AC unit:

1. Your energy bills have been increasing.

2. Your home is not cooling evenly.

3. Your AC unit is making strange noises or smells.

4. Your AC unit is more than 10 years old.

5. You’ve noticed an increase in humidity in your home.

6. You’ve noticed an increase in dust or pollen in your home.

7. Your AC unit is not turning on or is cycling on and off frequently.

8. You’ve noticed a decrease in air flow from your AC vents.


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