How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Autumn is arriving quickly and your AC has survived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t mean it will keep the cold air coming the next time temperatures soar. Here are common indicators that your AC may be on its last legs.

Not keeping your cool

Your AC system is meant to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your family cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are many situations where your AC might quit cooling – a refrigerant leak, compressor failure, or a wrongly calibrated thermostat. Once you know the issue, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and move on to a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring AC repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good sign that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of the dog days of summer with a blistering hot home.

Increase in Energy Bills

If you see a rise in your energy bills that could be a sign that something is amiss. If your air conditioning system is working extreme overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it may be a better choice for you to invest in a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily reduce your peak season cooling payments.

Drop in Air Flow

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

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, particularly if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be something that’s easy to resolve with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your air conditioner has to work extra to keep you cool and comfy and that means wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your AC starts making strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises could mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may mean a part has come loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician to inspect it and determine 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 more something ages, the weaker it usually gets. Is your system not cooling as well as it did a few years ago? Are some rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? All of these are usual signals of an aging system. If your AC is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 405-432-2197 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.

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