How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are some signs that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping your family cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your cooling bills that could be a sign that something is wrong. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to examine it and determine if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did five years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be common signs 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 587-404-0790 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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