How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has outlived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some indicators that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your system might stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you know the issue, 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 – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to fix with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and decide 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 older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are typical indicators of an aging system. If your AC is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 440-252-1375 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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