How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your AC has outlived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your AC might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work extra to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to take a look and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling like it did five years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are usual signals of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 289-273-2229 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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