How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Cool air is right around the corner and your air conditioning system has survived 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 last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if it’s not keeping you cool (and you’re uncomfortable) there’s possibly a problem. There are many situations where your AC might quit cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on 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 air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and purchase a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good signal that your AC is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting 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 AC is working too much overtime, it could cause you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season utility payments.

Decrease 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 last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not blowing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It may be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your AC has to work more 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 could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might indicate a part is loose. Don’t chance it. Call a professional to take a look and decide 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 more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are specific rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? 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 discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.

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