How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Decrease 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 last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be 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 like it did five years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? These can be typical signals of an aging AC. If your AC is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 407-329-7661 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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