How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your AC has survived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t promise it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if it’s not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your AC may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you know the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be an indication that something is not right. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it could be a better option for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lower 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 an indicator that your AC is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It could be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work extra to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to inspect it and decide 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 older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking more time to cool your home? All of these are usual signals of an aging air conditioner. If your system is floundering and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts and 865-229-6176 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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