How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has made it through another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be something that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to take a look and figure out if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These can be typical signals of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 318-588-8163 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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