How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your AC has outlived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few signs that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the situation, it may be ideal 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 AC repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is not right. 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 lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC 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 producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system 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 an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to take a look and determine 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 older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling like it did five years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are typical signs of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Strand Brothers Service Experts and 512-596-1257 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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