How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has survived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner 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 uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you’ve determined the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for 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 AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

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

Less Air Flow

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

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert 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 ultimately 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 common signals of an aging AC. If your AC is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Broad Ripple Service Experts and 317-527-0271 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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