How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your air conditioning system has outlived another cooling season. But just because it made it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures rise. Here are common signals that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not cooling well

Your air conditioning equipment is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on the hottest days, so if you’re A/C is not keeping you cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are a lot of situations where your air conditioner might stop cooling – compressor failure, a wrong calibrated thermostat, or a refrigerant leak. Depending on the situation, it may be ideal to just let go of your little engine that could, and purchase a newer, more energy-efficient AC – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re needing air conditioning repairs every summer, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your equipment is starting to go out and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of soaring temperatures with a blistering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working extreme overtime, it could result in you working overtime to afford it, and it may be a better decision for you to buy a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t blowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be an indicator that your AC is on its last leg. Inspect your home’s air filters to be sure they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help determine the problem.

Constantly Starting Up

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

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts producing strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part is loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it is going to end up being an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

As it is with everything (and everyone), the more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your air conditioner not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are specific rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? These can be common signs of an aging air conditioner. If your air conditioner is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts and 204-800-0613 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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