How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has survived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signs that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if your system is not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your AC may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better option for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might signal a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are common indicators of an aging system. If your system is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 574-218-6404 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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