How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signs that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

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 several situations where your AC might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the problem, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working too much 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 conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to examine it and decide 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 more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be usual signals of an aging system. If your system is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Bob Brown Service Experts and 623-243-4517 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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