How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has survived another cooling season. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signals that your air conditioner may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly 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 best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing 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 AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts creating unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to examine it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These are all usual signs of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 352-414-4006 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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