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How to Tell if Your AC is a Lost Cause

This time of year, you rely on the air conditioning system in your home or business to work. If it doesn’t do its job, your family, friends and customers suffer. Unfortunately, an increased workload can lead to serious problems, including total system failures. Before you spend money on needless repairs or replacement parts, take a moment to determine whether your air conditioner is a lost cause.

Air Conditioners Don’t Live Forever

The HVAC industry has benefited from tremendous technological improvements over the past couple of decades. Air conditioners now fail less often and experience fewer problems during their natural lifespans. However, even the best manufacturers have yet to design a system that lasts forever. Typical residential and light commercial units last for 10 to 15 years under normal conditions. If you use yours more heavily or often than the typical owner, your AC might not last as long. If you commit to light, occasional use, you might be able to squeeze a few more years out of it.

How to Tell If You Have a Broken AC

In any event, you can look for some key warning signs that your air conditioner might be broken or on its way out:

  • Your thermostat doesn’t seem to be communicating with the main air conditioning unit
  • You notice excessive water leakage from a window, outdoor or attic unit
  • The unit blows hot air but doesn’t seem to have frozen coils
  • The condenser is making strange noises
  • The unit repeatedly blows out fuses

Is Air Conditioner Replacement Right for You?

Air conditioner replacement is a personal decision that you should approach without emotion or regret. If your air conditioner is still relatively new and has been properly maintained, the best course of action may be to call a professional technician to diagnose and troubleshoot the problem. If the system is nearing the end of its usable life and doesn’t respond to simple fixes like filter changes, it may be time to replace it. Again, a professional can help you make the call.

Find a NATE Certified Technician in Highland Park IL

All good things must come to an end, including your relationship with your trusty air conditioning system. If you’re in the market for new HVAC equipment or need help installing an out-of-the-box system, our NATE certified technicians stand ready to help. We’re also happy to provide additional services like indoor air quality audits and regular equipment maintenance. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form at your convenience.