How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioner has outlived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner 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 probably 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 issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Increase in Energy Bills

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

Drop 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. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find 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 might be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your system 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 creating strange 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 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 ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are some 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 system 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 learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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