How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your AC has made it through another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you’ve determined the situation, 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 – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work extra to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? All of these are typical signs of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 217-689-2469 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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