How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

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

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is designed 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 likely a problem. There are several situations where your AC might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal 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 your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign 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.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. 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 buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may 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 cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could 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 decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be typical indicators 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 air conditioning systems.

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