How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has made it through another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are some signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your system might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you’ve determined the situation, it may be ideal 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 needing air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Inspect 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 Turning On

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to examine it and figure out if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all common signs of an aging system. If your AC is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and (713) 352-7887 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.