How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has outlived another summer. But surviving 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 air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts making strange noises, there might 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 risk it. Call a professional to take a look and figure out if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be 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 colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are typical signals of an aging AC. If your system is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 303-647-5853 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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