How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has survived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment 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 unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your system might 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 AC – ideally one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner 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 caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a roasting hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease your peak season cooling payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its last leg. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call a professional to take a look and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? These are all typical indicators of an aging AC. If your system is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Midway Services and 727-219-2471 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.