How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common indicators that your air conditioner may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your AC may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you know the situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer 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 amiss. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts making unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to inspect it and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all usual indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 866-397-3787 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.