How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your AC has survived another season of heat. 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 a few indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best 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 needing air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease 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 way out. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be something that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC 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 mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to take a look and decide 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 older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These can be typical signs of an aging system. If your system is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Stevenson Service Experts 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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