How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioner has survived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your system may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient AC – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as forceful 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 be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work harder to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts creating strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling like it did five years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These can be usual indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your system is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 801-396-0637 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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