How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC has survived another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signs that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

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 family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the situation, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and decide if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be common signals of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Jack Nelson Service Experts and 918-212-8927 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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