How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your AC 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 temperatures soar. Here are some signs that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the problem, 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 – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning 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 AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to examine it and figure out if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all typical signals of an aging system. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 301-747-3140 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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