How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your AC has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. 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 hottest days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your system may stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the situation, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – ideally one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign 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.

Increase 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 result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to purchase 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 AC is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part is 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 is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all common indicators 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 learn about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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