How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your AC has outlived another season of heat. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signs that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioning equipment is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the problem, 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 – ideally one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working extreme overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season utility payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system 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 discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly 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 seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to take a look and determine if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all typical indicators of an aging AC. If your AC is struggling and is nearing or over 10 years in age, call Orangutan Home Services and 602-906-0111 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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