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 summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts creating weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises could mean a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to take a look and figure out if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all common indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Strand Brothers Service Experts and 512-592-3072 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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