How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few signs that your AC may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you know the situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It could be something 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 you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? All of these are common indicators of an aging system. If your AC is floundering and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call McKinley Heating Service Experts and 780-800-7092 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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