How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioning system has made it through another cooling season. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are some indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts producing weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to examine it and figure out if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are some rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? All of these are usual signs of an aging AC. If your system is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Epperson Service Experts and 843-619-3781 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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