How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling the next time the heat is upon you. Here are some signs that your AC 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 your home cool (and you’re uncomfortable) 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 ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught 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 not right. If your AC is working too much 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 are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional 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 an issue that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your system has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your AC starts making strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to examine it and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

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

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