How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has made it through another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner may quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined 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 AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good indicator that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts making strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? All of these are typical signals of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 605-223-0307 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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