How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

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

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your system might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. 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 your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to die 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 may be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC 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 AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

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

Weird Noise

If your AC starts creating strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to inspect it 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 like it did five years ago? Are some rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? These can be common signals of an aging AC. If your system is struggling 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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