How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has survived another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are some signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the issue, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to cool your home 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 might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are typical signals of an aging AC. If your AC is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 330-235-1260 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.