How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has survived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioning equipment is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the situation, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your cooling bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to take a look and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are typical signals of an aging air conditioner. If your system is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 330-269-7235 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.