How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your AC has survived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are some signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is supposed 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 uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your system may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. 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 AC – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your cooling bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lower your peak season energy payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to be 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 always running, particularly if it’s not blowing 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 AC has to work harder to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts producing weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to examine it and figure out if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are certain 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 approaching or over 10 years in age, call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 843-410-6103 for a no-charge in-home estimate and ask about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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