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 surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs that your AC 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 your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your AC may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the problem, 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 you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC 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 air conditioning system 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 energy bills that could be a sign that something is wrong. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season energy payments.

Less 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 last leg. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

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 signal that your system has to work more to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are common indicators of an aging system. If your AC is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and 210-404-4233 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.