How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioner has made it through another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning 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 something that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts making unusual noises, there might 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 HVAC technician to inspect it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did five years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are typical signals of an aging system. If your AC is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Knochelmann Service Experts and 859-905-0834 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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