How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has made it through another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your AC system 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 uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your system may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lower your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its last leg. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your air conditioner has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling like it did five years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? All of these are usual signs of an aging system. If your system is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Donelson Air Service Experts and 615-953-9885 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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