How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is arriving quickly and your AC has made it through another cooling season. 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 air conditioner 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 uncomfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are many situations where your system 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 invest in a newer, more energy-efficient AC – hopefully one that keeps your home cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every year, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent AC repairs are a good signal that your air conditioning system is starting to die and you don’t want to be left 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 AC 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 might be a better decision 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 air conditioner is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to make sure they are not in need of replacing and, if not, call a professional to help discover the problem.

Constantly Turning On

If your system is constantly running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you possibly have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a seasonal tune-up, but it could also be a sign that your air conditioner has to work extra to keep you cool and comfy and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Odd Noise

If your air conditioner starts making unusual noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean a problem with one of the motors. Rattling noises may indicate a part is loose. Don’t risk it. Call an HVAC technician 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

As it is with 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 certain rooms hotter or colder than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to get your home cool? These are all usual signals of an aging system. If your system is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Gordon's Service Experts and 405-432-2197 for a complimentary in-home estimate and learn about our current promotions on energy-efficient systems.

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