How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has made it through another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are some indicators 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 it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your AC might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. 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 AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left 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 wrong. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator 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 require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be something 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 cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part got 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

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? These are all usual signals of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare and 519-804-1617 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.