How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioning system has made it through 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 way out.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioner is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if it’s not keeping your home cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are several situations where your AC might 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 purchase a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it could be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season energy payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign 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 an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign 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 conditioning system starts making weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all usual signals of an aging air conditioner. If your system is floundering and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 630-246-2698 for a free in-home estimate and ask about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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