How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signs that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your air conditioning system is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician 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 possibly have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC 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 conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could signal a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to take a look and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as well 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? These are all typical signs of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating and 226-240-1120 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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