How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is arriving quickly and your air conditioner has outlived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t mean it will keep its cool the next time temperatures soar. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re unable to get comfortable) there’s possibly 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 best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every summer, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your AC bills that could be a sign that something is wrong. If your AC is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air flow isn’t as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its way out. Take a look at your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to examine it and figure out 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 more something has aged, the weaker it ultimately gets. Is your AC not cooling like it did five years ago? Are specific rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? All of these are usual signs of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call D&K Home Services by Enercare and 613-707-2421 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.