How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has made it through another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signals that your air conditioner may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC may quit 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 invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your air conditioner 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 creating weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are usual signals of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 484-401-7577 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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