How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is coming soon and your air conditioning system has survived another summer. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last summer.

Not keeping your cool

Your air conditioner is supposed 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 uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the problem, 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 – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be a sign 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 decision for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a technician to help find the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is always running, especially if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It may be something that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work extra to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating unusual noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did four to six years ago? Are specific rooms cooler or warmer than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get to a cool and comfortable temperature? These can be typical signs of an aging system. If your air conditioner is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Komfort Air and 704-705-8135 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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