How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your AC has outlived another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some 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 not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in 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 bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Rise 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 air conditioner that can easily lower your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work extra to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts creating weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. 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 eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did five 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 AC. If your system is floundering and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 601-852-3105 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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