How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know 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 conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may 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 flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to confirm 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, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling like 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 signs of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 305-440-1505 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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