How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon 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 some signs that your AC may be on its last legs.

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 not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your AC might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the problem, 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 your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent AC 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 soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. 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 choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner 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 air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find 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 fix with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

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

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are some 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 indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Eveready Service Experts 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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