How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has survived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is meant 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 a lot of situations where your air conditioner may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is wrong. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful 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 find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional 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

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? All of these are typical signs of an aging system. 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 systems.

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