How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are some indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lessen your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to inspect it and decide if it’s a problem 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 eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be typical signals of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Sunbeam Service Experts and 716-427-6807 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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