How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

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

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is supposed 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 a lot of situations where your air conditioner might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your equipment is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

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

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to fix with a seasonal 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.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts making weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and figure out if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These are all common signs of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 540-302-8645 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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