How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has survived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee 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 way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is supposed 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 possibly a problem. There are many situations where your system might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working too much 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 energy 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 last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

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

Weird Noise

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

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter 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 free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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