How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your AC might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing 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 be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to inspect 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

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? All of these are usual indicators of an aging system. If your air conditioner is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 239-908-6991 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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