How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signs that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is meant 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 a lot of situations where your system might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you know 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 AC – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

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

Odd Noise

If your AC starts creating unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to inspect it and determine if it’s a problem 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 eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did five years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are usual signs of an aging system. If your system is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Freschi Service Experts and 925-384-1303 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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