How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioning system has made it through another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some indicators that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your AC might quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you’ve determined the problem, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It could 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 extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts making weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to take a look and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always 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 AC not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all typical signals of an aging system. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Levy & Son Service Experts and 469-250-0932 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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