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Is Your Central Air Conditioner Dying?

central-air-conditioner-dyingAs much as we want them to, no appliance or piece of equipment lasts forever—no matter how professionally installed it is or how well it’s manufactured. Your air conditioner is no different—it has a limited lifespan, and when yours approaches the end of its life, it’s a good idea to have it replaced before you find yourself stuck in the middle of summer without a working AC system at all.

The most likely time for system stress to cause a failure is, in fact, summer, so tackling this issue sooner than later is a wise idea. The last thing you want to do is waste money on an aging system that’s working inefficiently and can quit on you any minute. But, now do you know if your air conditioner is actually dying?

Signs That It’s Time for a New AC System

When something is amiss with your cooling system, we want to help you diagnose the issue as soon as possible. We’ll help you arrange for a convenient Allendale, NJ air conditioner replacement, help prevent an emergency loss of cooling, and start saving money with a brand new high-efficiency air conditioning system.

Please contact our professionals even if you only suspect you’re having AC problems—we’ll be happy to investigate. In the meantime, keep reading for some signs that it’s time for a new AC system.

Age: Yes, we know we mentioned this above, but it really is the number one indicator of when you should replace your cooling system. The manufacturer of your air conditioner sets a service life estimate for it—typically this is the period that the warranty covers. Generally speaking, a central air conditioning system that undergoes moderate seasonal use will last about 10-15 years with proper maintenance. Any system over 15 years is recommended for replacement.

Consistently Strange Noises: One of the goals of air conditioning manufacturing is to design systems that make as little noise as possible when operating. So when you start to notice unfamiliar, loud noises coming from the AC system, then something is almost certainly wrong. One odd sound every now and then is likely the sign of a single repair issue. However, if you’re hearing consistent grinding and clanging, then it’s likely that everything is wearing down and it’s actually time for a new system.

Increased Utility Bills: Any air conditioner that receives routine maintenance should retain about 95% of its energy efficiency rating throughout its entire service life. When it comes to the end of that service life, though, the efficiency will drop, and consequently your utility bills in the summer will rise. Keep an eye on your cooling costs over the past few years. Is there a steady upward trend? Then you likely have a failing AC system.

At DB Heating & Cooling, Inc, we serve the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today

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