How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

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

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping you 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 problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a sweltering 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 cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce 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 conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

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

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could 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 a problem 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 ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are common signals of an aging AC. If your AC is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Church Services and 713-396-3760 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.