How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has made it through another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signals that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce your peak season energy 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 conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts creating strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? All of these are typical signals of an aging system. If your AC is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Church Services and 713-396-3760 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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