How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your air conditioning system may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are a lot of situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Increase in Energy Bills

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

Less Air Flow

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

Constantly Turning On

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

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to inspect it and determine if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These can be typical signals of an aging system. If your AC is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 317-527-0271 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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