How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your AC has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioner may be on its way out.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest 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. Depending on the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – ideally 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 air conditioning repairs are a good sign 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 AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, especially 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 AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts making weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional 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

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are common signals of an aging AC. 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 free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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