How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioner has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

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

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be something that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts making weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to inspect it and determine if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These can be typical signals of an aging system. If your air conditioner is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 561-629-1826 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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