With the onset of milder weather and summer just a few weeks away, many homeowners and business owners are asking us when it’s time for new AC installation in Huntley. The truth is that if you maintain your air conditioning by having it professionally serviced at least once a year, your appliance will probably function well for approximately 15 years. If, however, you fail to take care of your AC, chances are it could start having problems as soon as two years after purchase.

Signs You Need a New Air Conditioning Unit 

There are a number of signs that your AC is failing. In some cases, the problem can simply be repaired, but in others, you’ll have to replace the entire unit. Watch out for these telltale signs:

  • The air conditioning doesn’t cool the room temperature at all. This can indicate a number of issues, including broken sensors, a malfunctioning thermostat or a broken motor.
  • The appliance doesn’t cool the room temperature enough. This is most likely due to a problem with the sensors and/or thermostat.
  • The AC emits an unpleasant odor. Again, this can signal a number of problems, such as mold or mildew, a pest infestation or an electrical problem.
  • The appliance makes strange noises. A well-functioning AC makes an unobtrusive whirring sound. However, if your appliance makes squeaking, clunking or ticking noises, it can be a sign that one or more parts are loose or broken.

Get an Expert Opinion 

If your AC shows one or more of these signs, then you’re best advised to schedule a service appointment with a professional HVAC technician. He can inspect your AC, assess what the damage is and inform you as to the most cost-effective solution. In many cases, repair will be a viable option. However, if your AC is older or damaged beyond repair, your HVAC technician might suggest replacing the appliance with a newer, more energy-efficient model. And though this is a bit of an investment up front, installing a newer model will likely pay off in terms of a healthier living or work environment and lower energy bills.