How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has made it through another cooling season. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time the heat is upon you. Here are common signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

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 you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your AC 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 – preferably one that keeps you 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 AC repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be left 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 an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working too much overtime, it could result in you working 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 lessen 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 air conditioner 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, particularly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert 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 a few years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? All of these are common signs of an aging system. If your AC 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 air conditioning systems.

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