How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon 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 some indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

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 you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your AC might stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase 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 left 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 a signal that something is amiss. 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 purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

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

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably 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 more to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts making strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to take a look and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being 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 like it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are typical signs 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 and 816-787-0500 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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