How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) 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 situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working extreme overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lessen your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to take a look and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all usual signs of an aging system. If your air conditioner is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 603-923-4570 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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