How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you know the problem, 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 you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts making unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to examine it and decide if it’s a problem 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 ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These are all typical signs of an aging AC. If your AC is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 954-736-4314 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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