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How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your AC 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 some indicators that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system may stop cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the issue, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally 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 give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering 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 purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts producing strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to inspect it and figure out if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling like 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 289-813-5566 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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