How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has survived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner might quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the situation, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to die 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 wrong. 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 air conditioner that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its last leg. 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 Starting Up

If your system is always running, especially 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 sign 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 producing weird noises, there may 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 chance it. Call an HVAC technician to inspect 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 more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system 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 get your home cool? All of these are typical 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 and 937-503-7896 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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