How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived 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 way out.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC 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 air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Rise 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 result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign 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 an expert 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 may be something that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work more to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to take a look and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did five 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? These are all typical signals of an aging AC. If your system is struggling 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 learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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