How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioner has survived 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 the heat is upon you. Here are some signs 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 air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system 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 AC bills that could be an indication 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 decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease 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 sign that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably 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 making strange noises, there might 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 a professional to inspect it and decide if it’s an issue 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 usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did five years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? All of these are usual indicators of an aging system. If your air conditioner is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Kingston Home Services by Enercare and 613-817-1591 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.