How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your AC has survived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

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 system might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you’ve determined the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good indicator that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lower your peak season energy payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your AC is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not blowing 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.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. 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 like it did five years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These are all typical indicators of an aging AC. If your system is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC and 905-453-6700 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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