How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioning system has made it through another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are some indicators that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is supposed 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 possibly a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the issue, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient AC – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to inspect it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be 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 like it did five years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These can be typical indicators of an aging system. If your system is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 614-334-3192 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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