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 cooling season. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs 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 your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your system might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the situation, it may be best 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 your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and purchase 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 soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working 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 energy payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Take a look at 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, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to inspect it 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 AC 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 system is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 305-440-1505 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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