How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your system 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 air conditioner – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working extreme 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 decrease your peak season energy payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator 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 professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts producing unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional 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

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? These can be common indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare and 289-813-5566 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.