How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another cooling season. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is designed 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 uncomfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your air conditioner might stop 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 air conditioning system – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for AC repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to breakdown and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be an indication that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lessen your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as powerful 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 be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work extra to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call a professional to inspect it and decide if it’s an issue 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 ages, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did four to six years ago? Are some rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking longer to cool your home? These are all common signs of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 260-557-1275 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current rebates on energy-efficient systems.

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