How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has survived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few signs that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you’ve determined the situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your cooling bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are usual signals of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is floundering and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 352-414-4006 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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