How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC has survived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are some indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lessen your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your AC is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there may 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 risk it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and figure out if it’s a problem 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 eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? These can be typical signs of an aging air conditioner. If your system is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts and 908-448-2154 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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