How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC has survived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signs that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your system might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the situation, 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 requiring air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could cause 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 reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not blowing 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 a sign that your system has to work harder to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to take a look and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all common signs of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 901-235-1196 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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