How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few signs that your AC may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season energy 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 way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, particularly 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 an indicator that your system has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to take a look 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 older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be typical signs of an aging system. If your AC is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 804-548-4480 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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