How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has made it through another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its way out.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioning equipment is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest 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 move on to a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a hike 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 might be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily decrease your peak season energy payments.

Drop 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. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, particularly if it’s not supplying 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 a sign that your system has to work extra to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Weird Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises might mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an expert to take a look and determine 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 certain rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? All of these are 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 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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