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 just because it made it through this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep cooling 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 your home 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 – preferably one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good indicator that your AC 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 not right. If your air conditioner is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to purchase a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lessen your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a signal that your AC is on its way out. Check your home’s air filters to be sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to fix with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your AC has to work more to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioner starts creating weird noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part has come loose. Don’t chance it. 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 eventually gets. Is your system 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 get your home cool? These are all 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 Heating Service Experts and 613-707-2421 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current rebates on energy-efficient air conditioners.

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