How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has made it through another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed 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 not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your air conditioner might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the issue, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Check 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, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to take a look and determine if it’s a complication 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 has aged, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These can be typical signals of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Falso Service Experts and 315-313-6531 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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