How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioner has survived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are some indicators that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to go out and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working extreme overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and decide if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? All of these are typical indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Calverley Service Experts and 817-380-5647 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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