How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioner has outlived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signs that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on 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 AC – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to inspect it and determine 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 more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are typical indicators of an aging AC. If your system is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Atmostemp Service Experts and 856-310-4824 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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