How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your AC has survived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are some indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner might stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the issue, it may be best 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 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 AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your AC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work 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 lessen your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its way out. 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, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts producing weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional 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

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These are all usual indicators of an aging AC. If your system is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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