How To Know Your AC Is On Its Last Leg Published on August 29, 2016 Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioner has survived another summer. But surviving this summer doesn’t promise it will keep cooling the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signals that your air conditioning system may be on its last legs. Not cooling well Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the steamiest of days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your system may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the problem, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – hopefully one that keeps your family cool. More Frequent Repairs If you’re calling for air conditioner repairs every year, it may be time to face facts and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home. Paying More in Energy Bills If you see a jump in your energy bills that could be a signal 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 may be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily lessen your peak season utility 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 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 professional to help discover the problem. Constantly Kicking On If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be a problem that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your air conditioner has to work harder to cool your home and that means wasted energy and wasted money. Odd Noise If your air conditioner starts making weird noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to inspect it and decide if it’s a complication 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 air conditioner not cooling as well as it did five years ago? Are some rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These are all common signals of an aging system. If your AC is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 801-436-8985 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.