How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner 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 conditioning system – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Increase in Energy Bills

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

Less 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. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a sign 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 might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to inspect 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

Just like 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 longer to cool your home? All of these are typical indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is struggling and is approaching 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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