How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioning system has made it through another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your AC is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to examine it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? All of these are usual signs of an aging system. If your air conditioner is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare and 226-270-1164 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.