How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

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

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping your family cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your system might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your AC bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen 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 a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to make 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 continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts producing unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and determine if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? All of these are common indicators of an aging system. If your system is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call McElroy Service Experts and 308-210-4398 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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