How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are some signs that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the situation, it may be ideal 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 conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

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

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

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

Weird Noise

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

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These can be usual signals of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts and 226-773-3357 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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