How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has survived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your AC 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 move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good indicator that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be an indication 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 air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your AC is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be 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 constantly running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your air conditioner has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could 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 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 has aged, the weaker it ultimately 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 common signs of an aging air conditioner. If your AC 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 complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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