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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could result in you working 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.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional 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 something that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your system 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 AC starts producing weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to inspect it and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling like it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be usual signs 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 learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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