How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioner has survived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is meant 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 uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your system might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the issue, 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 your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and invest in 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 soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all typical indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and 816-787-0500 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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