How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioner has survived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signals that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system might quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you know the situation, it may be ideal 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 calling for AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and purchase 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 roasting 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 too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice 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 signal that your AC is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always 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 air conditioner starts making weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to take a look and determine if it’s an issue 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 ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? These can be common signals of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is struggling and is approaching 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 systems.

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