How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has outlived another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your family cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your AC may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient AC – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and purchase 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 stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These can be typical indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 518-205-3324 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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