How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has survived another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are common indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the situation, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to go out and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lessen your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts making strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to examine it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These are all usual signs of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 239-908-6991 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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