How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your AC has outlived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

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 you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your system may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the situation, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – hopefully one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s a problem 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 more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are common signs of an aging system. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Strand Brothers Service Experts and 512-596-1257 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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