How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has survived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are some signs 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 you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system 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 air conditioning system – 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 air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is wrong. If your air conditioning system is working too much 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 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 sign that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating 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 chance it. Call a professional to examine it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder 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 AC. If your AC is struggling and is nearing 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 promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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