How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your AC has outlived another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your AC may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the problem, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work extra to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts making weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be typical signs of an aging system. If your AC is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Comfortech Service Experts and 601-852-3105 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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