AC Replacement

When it starts to get hot outside, you want to make sure that you have a working air conditioning system to keep you and your family cool and comfortable inside. The hotter it is outside, the more you will use your AC. This can pose a problem. Frequent use of an AC system can lead to breakdown and other annoying issues. If this happens to your system, you’ll need to decide whether to have your unit repaired or replaced. We’ve used our years of experience with many kinds of AC systems to put together this handy guide to help you decide whether you need an AC replacement or simply a repair.

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  • How can you tell if you need an AC replacement?
  • How can you tell if you just need a repair or tune-up?
  • How long can units last if they are properly maintained and tuned up? What if they aren't?

How can you tell if you need an AC replacement?

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Constantly Needing Repairs

If you find yourself having to regularly schedule repairs for your unit, it might be time to look into having your unit replaced. Think of it this way, the time and money spent on repairs might more wisely be spent on having a new machine that works the way it should. Our experts can also assist you in this decision making process if you would like a second opinion.

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Odd or Unusual Noises

A good sign it’s time to think about a new unit is if you hear strange noises coming out of your machine. A repair might also be sufficient. The decision to repair or replace should be based on factors like the age of your unit and the severity of the damage to your unit. In general, the louder the noise, the worse the problem. If strange sounds coming from your AC system have you concerned, our experts are here to help you when you need it.

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Faulty Operation

Every good homeowner should keep close tabs on their energy bills. If you notice that turning on your AC leads to a spike in energy costs, it could be a sign that your AC has a major problem. While some homeowners might expect an increase in their bill during summer AC usage, a giant spike is not normal. It may mean that your AC isn’t running as efficiently as it should be. This adds to your energy costs. If this is your situation, you’ll want to have someone look at your machine and conduct a thorough inspection. Your machine may only need a deep cleaning. On the other hand, it may be time for a new unit.

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How can you tell if you just need a repair or tune-up?

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The Age of Your AC

One way to decide on whether to repair or replace your unit is to consider the age of your unit. According to the EPA and the US Department of Energy, air conditioning systems that are older than 10 years should be replaced. The reason for this is that newer AC systems will be compliant with the ENERGY STAR program. As a result, they will be much more energy efficient and save you money over the long term.

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AC Blows Air Unevenly

If your AC can’t maintain a steady temperature, it probably needs to be replaced. The cost to repair this kind of problem is probably more than the AC system is worth. It will make more financial sense to upgrade to a newer machine.

How long can units last if they are properly maintained and tuned up? What if they aren’t?

Air conditioners for your home are a significant expense. Fortunately, with proper maintenance an AC machine can last for many years. In general, you can expect your unit to last 12 to 15 years with regular inspections and cleaning. AC units that are not properly maintained are not likely to last that long.

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