How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is right around the corner and your air conditioner has made it through another cooling season. But just because it made it through 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 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 family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined 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 invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of summer with a roasting 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 might be a better choice for you to buy a more energy-efficient AC that can easily decrease your peak season energy payments.

Decrease in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioning system is on its way to breaking down. Check your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

If your system is continuously 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 more to keep your home cool and comfortable and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts creating weird noises, there might 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 a professional to inspect it and decide if it’s a complication 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 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 get your home cool? All of these are typical signals of an aging AC. If your system is having a hard time and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Barlow Service Experts and 801-436-8985 for a no-charge in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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