How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC 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 AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) 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 issue, 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 give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to go out 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 an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as forceful 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 do not require 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 probably have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to examine it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being 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 as well as it did five years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 226-270-1164 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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