How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has outlived 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 indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your cooling bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to confirm 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 constantly running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work more to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts creating unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to take a look 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 system not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking longer to get your home cool? These can be common signs of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is floundering and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Stallion Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning and 215-278-9690 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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