How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has survived another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are a few indicators that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your AC may stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the issue, it may be ideal 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 needing air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and purchase a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a roasting hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioning system 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 buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioning system is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to confirm they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be a problem that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts producing unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and decide if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it is going to end up being 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 like it did five years ago? Are specific rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These are all typical indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your system is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Peachtree Service Experts and 678-235-9699 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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