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 surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signs that your air conditioner may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is meant 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 likely a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system may quit 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 move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – ideally one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your AC is working too much 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.

Decrease in Air Flow

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

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work extra to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts making weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately 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 longer 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 and 484-401-7577 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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