How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your AC has made it through another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are some signals that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your system may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season energy 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 conditioning system is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to inspect it and figure out if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? All of these are usual signs of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 403-279-5760 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.