How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC has survived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean 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 keeping your cool

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 probably a problem. There are several situations where your AC might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on 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 your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your AC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase 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 strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its last leg. Check 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 continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to cool your home and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts producing strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and determine if it’s an issue 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 get your home cool? These are all common signs of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 308-210-4398 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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