How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioning system has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signals that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to inspect 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

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all typical indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 518-417-2938 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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