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 its cool the next time temperatures soar. 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 warmest days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you’ve determined the situation, it may be best 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 you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease 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 way to breaking down. Inspect 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 continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable 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 trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional 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

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

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