How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioning system has outlived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your air conditioner may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your family cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are several situations where your system might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – hopefully one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a sweltering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a sign that something is not right. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as forceful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help find the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to fix with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird 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 might signal a part got loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to inspect it and decide if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently 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? These can be typical signals of an aging AC. If your air conditioner is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Coastal Service Experts and 912-208-2399 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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