How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioner has survived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioner 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 your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system might 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 AC – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning 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 AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. 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.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely 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 system has to work more to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts creating unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean 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

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are typical signs of an aging AC. If your system 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 discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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