How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has outlived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signals that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily decrease 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 an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to inspect it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? All of these are common signals of an aging AC. If your system is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 304-760-5088 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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