How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon 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 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 AC system 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 not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC might quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you know the problem, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

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

Rise in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working excessive overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC 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 a signal that your AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a technician to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

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

Odd Noise

If your air conditioning system starts making strange noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean trouble with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part got loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to examine it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your AC 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 indicators of an aging system. If your air conditioner is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Komfort Air Service Experts and 704-705-8135 for a free in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.