How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioner has outlived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your system may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is constantly running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and determine 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 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 colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all typical signs of an aging system. If your AC is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company and 210-404-4233 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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