How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your AC has made it through another cooling season. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its way out.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioner is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your system might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Once you’ve determined the issue, it may be best to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – ideally one that keeps your family cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing AC repairs every year, it may be time to give it up and invest in a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily decrease your peak season utility payments.

Drop in Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as strong as it used to be, it could be a sign that your AC is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call an expert to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is always running, more importantly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to keep you cool and comfy and that ends up costing you wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts creating weird noises, there might be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to take a look and determine if it’s a complication worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the older something gets, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling like it did a few years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These are all common indicators of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is floundering and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts and 780-800-9047 for a complimentary in-home estimate and find out about our current promotions on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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