How to Know When Your AC Needs to be Replaced

August 29, 2016

Fall is coming soon and your AC has made it through another season of heat. But surviving this summer doesn’t guarantee it will keep its cool the next time temperatures rise. Here are some signs that your AC may be on its last summer.

Not cooling your home

Your AC system 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 unable to get comfortable) there’s probably a problem. There are several situations where your AC may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Once you’ve determined 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 air conditioner – preferably one that keeps you cool.

More Frequent Repairs

If you’re requiring air conditioning repairs every cooling season, it may be time to give it up and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioning repairs are a good sign that your AC is starting to die and you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the dog days of summer with a sweltering hot home.

Paying More in Energy Bills

If you see a hike in your HVAC bills that could be a signal that something is not right. If your air conditioner is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better decision for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioning system that can easily lower your peak season utility payments.

Less Air Flow

If your air isn’t flowing as powerful as it used to be, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is on its way out. Inspect your home’s air filters to confirm they do not require replacing and, if not, call a professional to help find the problem.

Constantly Kicking On

If your system is continuously running, more importantly if it’s not supplying much cool air, then you probably have a problem. It might be an issue that’s easy to rectify with a routine maintenance, but it could also be a signal that your system has to work extra to cool your home and that results in wasted energy and wasted money.

Strange Noise

If your air conditioning system starts producing strange noises, there could be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises might mean a part got loose. Don’t chance it. Call an expert to examine it and decide if it’s a problem worth repairing or if it will continue to be an ongoing issue.

Signs of Aging

Just like everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it eventually gets. Is your system not cooling as efficiently as it did five years ago? Are certain rooms colder or hotter than others? Is it taking more time to get your home cool? These are all common signs of an aging air conditioner. If your AC is struggling and is approaching or over 10 years in age, call Stark Services and 817-668-6689 for a free in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient systems.