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 mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few indicators that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet 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 caught in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to cool your home and that means 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 decide if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? All of these are usual signs of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is having a hard time 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 systems.

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