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 surviving this summer doesn’t mean 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 cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest 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 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 invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet 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 soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working too much 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.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong 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 determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

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

Strange 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 mean 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 is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? 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 ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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