How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has outlived another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner 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 invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up 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 stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part got 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 continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all typical signals of an aging air conditioner. If your system is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call A1 Chesney Service Experts and 587-315-5271 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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