How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioner has made it through another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your AC may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the situation, it may be best 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 needing AC repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

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

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. 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

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did five years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? All of these are usual signs of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 613-817-1591 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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