How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another cooling season. But surviving 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 supposed 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. 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 you 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 air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your AC is starting to go out 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 AC bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its way out. 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 Starting Up

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It could be something that’s easy to resolve 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 results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t chance it. 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 system not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? All of these are typical signals of an aging air conditioner. If your system is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Peitz Service Experts and 605-223-0307 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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