How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your AC has survived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are some signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your system may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined the situation, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally 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 purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught 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 amiss. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be something that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts making strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to take a look and figure out if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling like it did five years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? All of these are common signals of an aging system. If your system is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Parker Pearce Service Experts and 301-476-4577 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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