How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your AC has outlived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signs that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your air conditioner has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part has come 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 is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be typical signs of an aging system. If your AC is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call All American Air Service Experts and 386-310-2061 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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