How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has survived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be something that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work extra to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to examine it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? All of these are usual indicators 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 330-305-2799 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.