How To Know Your AC Is On Its Last Leg Published on August 29, 2016 Cool air is coming soon and your AC has survived another summer. But making it through this summer doesn’t promise it will keep the cold air coming the next time the heat is upon you. Here are a few signals that your air conditioner may be on its last summer. Not cooling your home Your AC system is supposed to keep you cool and comfortable on the warmest days, so if your system is not keeping your home cool (and you’re not comfortable) there’s likely a problem. There are a lot of situations where your AC may quit cooling – a wrongly calibrated thermostat, a refrigerant leak, or compressor failure. Depending on the problem, it may be better to just let go of your little engine that could, and invest in a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner – ideally one that keeps your family cool. More Frequent Repairs If you’re requiring air conditioner repairs every cooling season, it may be time to bite the bullet and buy a new one. Frequent air conditioner repairs are a good indicator that your equipment is starting to die and you don’t want to be left in the middle of soaring temperatures with a roasting hot home. Increase in Energy Bills If you see a jump in your AC bills that could be a signal that something is amiss. If your AC is working excessive overtime, it could end up causing you to work overtime to afford it, and it might be a better option for you to purchase a more energy-efficient air conditioner that can easily lessen your peak season utility payments. Drop in Air Flow If your air flow isn’t as forceful as it used to be, it could be a signal that your air conditioner is on its way to breaking down. Take a look at your home’s air filters to make sure they do not need replacing and, if not, call an expert to help discover the problem. Constantly Starting Up If your system is always running, especially if it’s not producing much cool air, then you likely have a problem. It could be an issue that’s easy to resolve with a Precision tune-up, but it could also be an indicator that your system has to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable and that means wasted energy and wasted money. Weird Noise If your air conditioning system starts making unusual noises, there may be a problem. Higher pitched noises may mean an issue with one of the motors. Rattling noises may signal a part has come loose. Don’t take any chances. Call an expert to examine it and determine if it’s an issue worth repairing or if it will always be an ongoing issue. Signs of Aging Similar to everything (and everyone), the more something has aged, the weaker it usually gets. Is your AC not cooling as efficiently as it did a few years ago? Are certain rooms warmer or cooler than others? Is it taking a larger amount of time to cool your home? These are all typical signs of an aging AC. If your AC is struggling and is getting close to or over 10 years in age, call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and 385-399-0280 for a no-charge in-home estimate and learn about our current discounts on energy-efficient air conditioning systems.