How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall 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 a few 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 hottest days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the problem, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting 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 air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily decrease your peak season energy payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously 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 resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing strange 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 take any chances. Call an expert to take a look and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system 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 Heating & Air Conditioning and 716-427-6807 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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