How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has made it through another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your system may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

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

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

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

Odd Noise

If your AC starts creating unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises could indicate a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always 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 a few years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all usual signs of an aging system. If your AC is having a hard time and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating and 281-407-9478 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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