How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your AC has made it through another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your AC might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the situation, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lessen 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 a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to fix with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in 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 trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to take a look and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are typical signs of an aging system. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 251-202-7503 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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