How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has made it through another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. 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 conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet 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 stuck in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your cooling bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lessen your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure 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 a problem that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work extra to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to take a look 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

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are common signals of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 937-503-7896 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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