How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are some signs that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

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

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to examine it and determine 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 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 cool your home? These can be usual indicators of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Norrell Service Experts and 205-267-0023 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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