How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are some signs that your air conditioner 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 uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your home 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 air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Increase 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 too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

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

Constantly Starting Up

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

Strange Noise

If your AC starts creating strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to examine it and determine if it’s an issue 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 eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all common signs of an aging system. 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 complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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