Is an Air Conditioner Failure on the Horizon? Spotting It Before It Happens

Is an Air Conditioner Failure on the Horizon? Spotting It Before It Happens

No one wants their air conditioning system to break down in the heat of an Oregon summer. If you’re concerned about your cooling system, don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the best this season. There are almost always signs your home is poised for air conditioner failure.

Signs that your air conditioning system is failing
Rarely do air conditioning systems fail without warning. They usually give some hint to their condition, if you know what to look for. Below are the three most common signs of air conditioner failure:

1. High cooling costs. Are your summer electricity costs rising dramatically? Sure, the cost of electricity continues to rise, but if you see a significant increase over the last year (or last month), it’s a likely sign that your air conditioning system is on the fritz.

2. Humidity. Does your home feel more like a sauna than a cool oasis? An increased humidity level is another sign of imminent air conditioner failure.

3. Age of the air conditioning system. An air conditioning system that is 10 years old or more is not nearly as energy efficient as more modern models and don’t perform as well either. If your air conditioner dates back to 2003 or beyond, and especially if it has been requiring occasional repairs, it’s likely time for a new system.

If you are experiencing one or more of these signs of air conditioner failure, it’s time to call a professional heating and cooling contractor. They can help you determine whether your system can be repaired or if it’s time to invest in a new, energy-efficient air cooling system.

Choosing a new air conditioning system can be confusing. If you’d like help with your Portland area A/C, contact us at (503) 994-9924. We’ve been helping Portland area homeowners with their heating and cooling needs since 1976.

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