How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool 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 warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your AC might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps your home 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 signal that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

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

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner 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 determine 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 system has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird 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 indicate a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all common indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your system is struggling and is approaching 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 discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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