How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioner has outlived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is 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 wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know 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 conditioning system – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Take a look at 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 probably have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work harder 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 may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert 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 more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did a few 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? These are all usual signs of an aging system. If your AC 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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