How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has survived another cooling season. But surviving this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the problem, it may be better 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 home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover 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 could be an issue that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your air conditioner has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there may 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 a professional to take a look and figure out if it’s a complication 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 eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? These are all usual signals of an aging system. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts and 519-804-1617 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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