How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your AC has survived another summer. 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 cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed 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 uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the situation, 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 – ideally one that keeps your home 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 sign that your AC is starting to die 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 jump in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make 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 producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, 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 air conditioner starts creating unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to examine it and decide 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 like it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? These are all usual indicators 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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