How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

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

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your cooling bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioning system 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 air conditioner that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your air conditioner is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to resolve 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.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to take a look and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it is going to end up being 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 efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? These are all typical indicators of an aging system. If your system is having a hard time and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 847-250-6729 for a complimentary in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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