Your central air conditioner won’t last forever, but how do you know whether you should have it repaired or replaced? Here are some telltale signs that your AC unit has officially run its course and it’s time to schedule a replacement service. 

It’s Making Unusual Noises

If your air conditioning starts to make sudden humming or rattling noises that weren’t happening before, it might be a sign of trouble. Even if you have been diligent about maintenance and repairs, strange noises may be a sign that your AC is on its last legs.

Unusual noises may be an indicator of a blown compressor, leaky refrigerant lines, or a faulty fan. All of which would likely cost you more to repair than it’s worth if your air conditioner is a few years old.   

Your Energy Bills Are Higher

Newer AC models are designed to be more energy efficient by using less energy to cool your home. If your air conditioner is more than a decade old, you’ll likely see your cooling costs lower significantly if you replace it with a newer unit. 

With how hot the summers can be here in Iowa, even a small monthly decrease in your energy bill can really add up over time, so replacing your AC can be a really smart investment. 

The Air Coming Out Is Less Cool

One of the most obvious signs that your AC is failing is if the air coming out of it isn’t as cold as it should be. For example, if you set your thermostat to 72 degrees but you keep having to turn it down to the mid-60s in order to achieve a comfortable temperature, it’s not just because of the heat outside. If this issue happens consistently, it’s time to call the professionals at Wyckoff for an inspection and possible AC unit replacement. 

You’re Constantly Paying for Repairs

While our crew at Wyckoff is always happy to come out and make repairs to your air conditioner, if it’s a frequent need, the bills may start to add up. After a few repairs to your unit, you may want to consider if it would just be more cost-effective to replace it instead of continuing with quick fixes. 

It’s also not a bad idea to start the buying process of your new unit before your current one dies in case it takes a few weeks for it to come in and be installed.

Your AC System Is Almost 10 Years Old

The average lifespan of most AC systems is between 10 to 20 years depending on the climate where you live. Hotter climates can drastically reduce the lifespan, along with neglecting the regular maintenance of your unit

So when your air conditioning has been around for a decade or more, you should start making a plan for replacement. 

Wyckoff Offers AC Replacement Services

When it’s finally time to take the leap and replace your air conditioner, leave it to the professionals at Wyckoff! Our technicians have the knowledge and skillset to ensure your purchase is the most appropriate and energy efficient for your home, and that it’s installed correctly. 

Call today for more information and to schedule your AC replacement service