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 summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool 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 your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) 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. Depending on 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 requiring AC repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign 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 roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

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

Decrease 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 out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make 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 probably have a problem. It could be an issue 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 cool your home and that means 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 is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did five 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? All of these are common 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 Heating & Air Conditioning and 587-315-5271 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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