How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your air conditioning system is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

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 something that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to examine it and figure out if it’s a complication 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 system not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are usual signs of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Air Engineers Service Experts and 904-450-5672 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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