How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its way out.

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 probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal 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 AC repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning 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 not right. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season energy 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 AC is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to take a look and decide 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 older something gets, 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 typical signals of an aging system. If your AC is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Teays Valley Service Experts 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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