How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your AC has survived another season of heat. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signs that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your family cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your system may quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you know the situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase 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 give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Paying More 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 end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

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

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an HVAC technician to take a look 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 older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? These can be usual indicators of an aging system. If your system is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Becht/Givens Service Experts and 502-785-8230 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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