June 22, 2016

When your air conditioning system breaks down, it’s a big, uncomfortable hassle. Avoid the unhappy surprise of waking up on a hot summer day and finding no cool air blowing through your vents.

There are signs that might just signal that your air conditioner is headed for a breakdown if you pay attention and listen carefully. The following tips are especially relevant if your system is very old. Read more to find out what signs could mean your air conditioner is on its last legs.

4 Signs Your Air Conditioning System is Failing

1. It Seems to Make a Lot of Noise.

If your air conditioning system is making an excessive amount of noise, this could be a sign that it’s headed for the grave. Really listen to the noise and try to remember what it sounded like a year ago or the last time it was working fine. If it’s different, there might just be sticks, twigs, leaves, or debris stuck in the fan motor. On the other hand, this might mean that the motor bearings need to be replaced.

2. Some Rooms Are Too Cool, and Some Are Too Warm.

If your home is being cooled unevenly and has both cold and warm spots, this could point to a larger issue. However, you should check the state of your air filters before you jump to conclusions. They just might be dirty or clogged and thus restricting airflow. If this isn’t the case, there might be leaks in the duct piping or ventilation—a more serious repair.

3. The A/C Isn’t Turning On at All

Do a basic check when this happens. Does the thermostat need a fresh battery? Is it set to “cool”? If both of these are fine, listen for the sound of the unit running and feel for air coming out of the vents. If neither is present, a more serious problem might be the cause such as broken wiring.

4. The Unit Doesn’t Blow Cool Air.

If the unit doesn’t seem to want to blow cool air no matter what corrective steps you take, then it’s time to call a professional. Your air conditioning system is probably on its way out—that is, if it’s not there already. If your system needs serious work performed and is quite old (20 years old or close to it), then it’s best to consider a total replacement versus a repair. The cost of repairs, in the long run, might be more expensive than simply upgrading to an energy-efficient air conditioner. Carefully considering the costs of each route is the smartest thing you can do when your unit is clearly breaking down.

Luckily, The Cooling Company is here for you for both repairs and new system installations. We have the expertise and friendly service that set us apart from the rest. Give us a call if you’re in Las Vegas: (702) 567-0707.

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