10 Signs It's Time to Invest in Air Conditioning Replacement Service

Are you growing tired of the frequent repairs necessary to keep your central air conditioning system in operation each summer? How do you know when it's time to invest in air conditioning replacement service — and what are the benefits of a new, high-efficiency system anyway? 

Investing in Your Home's Comfort and Value

When an A/C system frequently breaks down or shows other signs of age and wear, smart homeowners take steps to evaluate and choose a new system that will save energy and money over time. As a property owner, replacing your A/C system is a big decision and a large investment, but one that can improve your home's value and comfort. A newer system can save you headaches, worry and repair costs. 

10 Signs You Need Air Conditioning Replacement

What are the signs your system might be giving that will alert you that it's truly time for a new A/C system? If your system is displaying one or more of the signs below, you should consider investing in a new system. 

  • Your system is over ten years old. Most central air conditioning units operate efficiently for between 10 - 15 years. After the 10 year mark, it may be time to consider an air conditioning replacement system, especially if you're experiencing other problems (see below) as well. After this time, you will likely begin to incur more costs of maintenance and operation. 
  • Your system requires frequent repairs. If this is the case, stop throwing cash into an old system, put the money into good use and replace the air conditioner with a more efficient, new unit. You will quickly realize many benefits of the investment, including lower bills, better cooling and energy savings.
  • Your system uses the old refrigerant type, R-22, which the EPA is phasing out. According to the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty by the United States (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency, there is a mandate of phasing out the R-22 through the Act of Clean Air. As of 2010, R-22 system manufacturers were prohibited from any further production of the product, and by the year 2020, its production will be ceased.
  • You experience uneven cooling in certain rooms/ areas of your home. As an air conditioning system ages, it becomes less efficient, hence not cooling as required and leaving the users of the rooms not comfortable.
  • Your home remains humid even while the system is running. This could be as a result of leaky duct work, inadequate equipment or poor, aging equipment.
  • Your home has excessive dust. If you can no longer keep up with dust, even though you change filters regularly, it's time to consider installing a new air conditioning system. Worn-out systems accumulate and blow dust back into the house.
  • You hear strange noises coming from the indoor or outdoor A/C equipment. This could be the result of improperly operating air-blowers or cooling equipment, or indoor coils.
  • Your home’s score on the Home Energy Yardstick is under 5. Your expenses could be rising and it's important to understand how your energy use is affected by changes in your aging A/C system. This simple assessment gives you an idea of your home's annual energy use, compared to other homes. 
  • Your energy bills have been rising. This means that your home energy usage is above average and you could be paying more than necessary on your energy bills.
  • Your A/C system quits on you when you need it most. Central air conditioning is a necessity for many homeowners. If you can't rely on your system to keep you cool at the most important times, then it may be time to replace your system.
  • Notice Any of These Signs? Your Home Deserves an Upgrade

    If you are thinking of looking for an air conditioning replacement service, be sure to do your research to hire the best HVAC contractor you can find in your area. An experienced and trusted company will be able to assist you in evaluating your home's needs, recommend the right system and give you a fair estimate for the work. System improvement and replacement is energy efficient and cost effective. A home upgrade will  save you money in the long run from high utility bills and costly repairs.

    Wondering where to start to find the right HVAC company to help with your project? Our informative e-book below can give you a roadmap to help you make your decision. 

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