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 surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC 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 invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system 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 excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC 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 way out. Take a look at 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 Turning On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and determine if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be 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 five years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all typical indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time 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 promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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