How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has made it through another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your system may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you know the problem, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. 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 decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your air conditioner has to work extra to cool your home and that results in 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 might mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to examine it and figure out 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 eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all usual signals of an aging system. If your air conditioner is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 925-364-5427 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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