How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioner has made it through another cooling season. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the situation, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – hopefully one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could end up causing 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 decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to examine it and figure out 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 usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be usual signs of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 303-647-5749 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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