How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has outlived 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 indicators that your air conditioner may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your AC might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC 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 a sign that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be usual indicators 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 San Antonio Air Service Experts and 210-570-9705 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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