How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has outlived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on 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 – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

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

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to take a look and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being 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 system not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These are all typical signs of an aging system. If your AC is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 919-578-4329 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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