How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few indicators that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are a lot of situations where your air conditioner might stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the situation, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling 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 might be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to fix with a Precision 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 results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to take a look and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are typical signals of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 321-428-7635 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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