How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC has made it through another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signs that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping your family cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your AC might 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 air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your energy bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your air conditioner has to work more to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to inspect it and figure out 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 air conditioner not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? All of these are typical indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC and 289-201-2346 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.