How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has made it through another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few indicators that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your AC may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – ideally one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts producing weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to inspect it and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all common indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 866-397-3787 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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