How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioner has survived 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 temperatures soar. Here are a few signals that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system may 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 air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part is 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

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did a few 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? These are all typical signals of an aging system. If your AC is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 859-905-0834 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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