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Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Replacement

by Greg on November 27, 2013

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How do you know it’s time to replace your air conditioner? Upgrading to a new unit could help you save a large amount on your energy bill. Here are some signs to watch out for that indicate you should be considering a new unit:

You Have an Older Unit

If your existing air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it won’t be as energy-efficient as newer models coming onto the market. Consider how often you have had to make repairs to your air conditioner over the last few years. Add up the bills from the times you have had an air conditioning contractor come to your home or business. A replacement unit would run more efficiently and be covered under a warranty, which would save you money over the long term.

Your Energy Bills are Going Up

An older air conditioner will cost more to run, and you’ll see the evidence in your energy bills. If you find that the cost has started to rise, your inefficient air conditioner may be to blame.

The Air Conditioner is Loud or Runs Continually

A noisy unit is one that needs to be seen by an engineer who can diagnose any possible problem. Newer, more efficient units have been designed to offer quiet service; some of them are so quiet that they make the same level of noise as a low conversation.

Another sign that your unit may be on its last legs is when it runs continually. If it never seems to shut off, make an appointment for a service call. Don’t be surprised to find that the air conditioning contractor recommends that you have it replaced in stead of repaired, though.

Temperature in Your Home is Inconsistent

If there are rooms in your home that don’t stay comfortable, no matter what the setting for your central air system while you have cold spots in other places in your home that are uncomfortable due to too much air being released, then it may be time to replace the system.

You Have Problems with Excessive Humidity or Dust

If your home starts to seem humid or more dusty than usual, the problem could stem from a leak in the ductwork. Contact an air conditioning contractor to get the problem properly diagnosed. Another explanation is that the existing system is not the right size for your home and that it should be replaced. The best way to find out is to have a thorough inspection and any diagnostic tests performed to get to the root of the problem.

The Air Conditioner Unit is Leaking Refrigerant

If your air conditioner has been leaking refrigerant and you have had it repaired but it wasn’t successful, then the next step is to replace the entire unit. Adding more refrigerant will mean that the unit will need to work harder and lead to lower air flow, loss of cool air throughout the home, and higher energy costs.

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Sophie Eagan

Written by Sophie Eagan oh behalf of Andrews Air Conditioning.
Choosing to replace your air conditioner can be the best choice in the long run. I’ve known Andrews Air Conditioning Service for a number of years and they provide quality service.

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