How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your AC has survived another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are a few signals that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your AC may quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Depending on the problem, it may be ideal 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 year, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent AC 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.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioner 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 invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lower 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 sign that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

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

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to examine it and figure out if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are typical signs of an aging AC. If your AC is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Pardee Service Experts and 843-410-6103 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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