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 summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest 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 may stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you know the situation, it may be best 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 invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Rise 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 excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to invest in 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 strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to fix with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional 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

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be usual indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your system 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 discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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