How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC has outlived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your air conditioner is designed 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 not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your air conditioner might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you know the situation, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be left 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 HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is wrong. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be something that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work harder to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your AC starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to examine it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking longer to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all common signals of an aging system. If your air conditioner is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call TML Service Experts and 208-488-4892 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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