How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signals that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to fix with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts making unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and determine if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are some rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These can be typical signals of an aging system. If your AC is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 803-399-7208 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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