If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your air conditioner is past its prime. You might be hearing, seeing or smelling a few red flags that indicate it is time for an air conditioner replacement. A lot can go wrong with an AC unit over time, but some signs are more obvious than others. Here are the most common signs that it may be time for a replacement:

Your System Is No Longer Efficient.

An inefficient air conditioner will not be able to cool your home as effectively as it once did. This means that you may experience the following signs:

  • Inconsistent temperatures. If your air conditioner is blowing hot air when it’s supposed to be cooling, this could be a sign that the unit needs replacing.
  • Higher utility bills than before. A faulty or inefficient AC unit can increase your utility bill significantly as it continues to work hard but still fail at its intended purpose of keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.

If Your Air Conditioner Leaks

If your air conditioner is leaking, it’s time to replace it. The signs of a leak are:

  • If you spot a water leak.
  • If there is more condensation than usual.

If you find yourself with either of these problems, get an expert to come out and check for leaks right away! If you are in the Brisbane area, we at Southside Air Conditioning and Electrical have a qualified technician who can find the source of the leak and repair it before any further damage is done.

Your Unit Keeps Turning Itself Off

Another sure sign that it’s time for an air conditioner replacement is if your unit keeps turning itself off. If you find yourself frequently finding your unit off after you have turned it on, give your local technician a call to come out and have a look.

Additionally, if you turn on your AC and it is slow and sluggish to start, this is another sign that it’s time for a replacement.

Strange Smells And Sounds 

You may not notice it, but your air conditioner is making some strange sounds. Noticing these odd noises is important, as they can be a sign of a problem that requires immediate attention. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Strange smells: If you smell something odoriferous coming from your AC unit, this could mean mould has made a new home. This would require cleaning by professionals and possibly an air conditioner replacement is on the cards. The dangers of inhaling mould are significant so contact a local air conditioning service immediately.
  • Strange sounds: Listen closely to what is coming from your air conditioner and see if there are any unusual noises coming from inside your system. An example would be hissing noises; this could indicate that there’s too much pressure building up within the compressor unit due to wear and tear over time—which means it will soon break down completely!

Frequent Repairs

If you’re having to repair your air conditioner often, then it may be time to replace it. This can get expensive and is not worth the money if you don’t plan on keeping the unit for long. It’s better off buying an air conditioner replacement, especially when most modern units are designed to last up to 20 years or more.

A lot of times people think that their air conditioners are functioning well because they aren’t leaking any water or making strange noises—but that doesn’t mean everything is working as intended! The best way to ensure your air conditioning system is operating at its best level is by having routine maintenance done by a professional technician once per year (or twice if you live in an area with extremely hot summers like us in Brisbane).

Inconsistent Temperatures

If your air conditioner is not cooling evenly throughout your home, it may be time for a replacement.

This can be a sign that the system is not working properly. The air conditioner should be able to distribute cool air throughout the house, even if you are far away from it. It also should be working at full capacity—if your home is large or you run your AC on hot days often, this will put stress on the machine and cause some problems down the road.

An Increase in Energy Bills

If your energy bills are higher than they used to be, it’s a sign that your air conditioner is inefficient. If you are using less energy than before, that could be a good sign. But if you have the same amount of energy usage but higher bills, it could mean your unit needs repair.

The Unit Is 10 Or More Years Old

A lot of homeowners are surprised when they learn that air conditioners last only about 10 years on average. It can be difficult to determine the age of your current system, but there are some signs you should look for. One sign is its size—if it’s too small for the size of your house, it may have been installed at least 10 years ago. You can also check the serial number plate on the side panel and see if it matches up with any other information about when the unit was installed (such as an electric bill). If you still aren’t sure, ask a professional!

If you are experiencing any of these issues in your air conditioning system, it may be time to replace it. If you are in the Brisbane area, give us at Southside Air Conditioning and Electrical a call today and one of our friendly team members will guide you through the process.