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How Do You Know When To Replace Your AC?

Posted on May 6, 2020 by admin

Replacing your air conditioner can be a big investment, so it’s understandable that many homeowners take the decision serious. Every air conditioner reaches a point where a replacement makes more sense than continuing to pay for costly repairs, or continuing to put up with an average performance. We listed below the most Important Signs to look for when it comes time to replacing your AC!

1. Strange Noises

While some noises, like a pop or a whistle, can be common while your air conditioner turns on or off, other noises can be a sign of a serious problem with the system. If you hear any of the following noises while your air conditioner is running, call us immediately:

  • Squealing
  • Grinding
  • Scraping
  • Consistent loud pops or bangs

These noises can all indicate a problem with key components of your AC unit, including the compressor, condenser coil, or blower. Low refrigerant levels or debris in the unit can also cause loud and recurring noises.

2. High Energy Bills

Have your energy bill suddenly gone up? An aging air conditioner may be to blame. Older AC units have to work much harder to cool your home, leading to an increased use of energy that is reflected in a higher bill. Additionally, older air conditioners often have trouble cooling a home sufficiently. This can lead to you lowering the thermostat more often, and increasing your energy bills.

Newer air conditioning units are exceptionally energy-efficient, particularly those with high seasonal energy efficiency ratios. Many utility companies and government agencies offer tax credits and rebates that serve as incentives for homeowners to switch to more energy-efficient air conditioners. Replacing your old air conditioner with an energy-efficient one is a great way to save on your energy bills while also helping the environment.

3. Age

Even the best maintained air conditioning unit is only expected to last around 10-15 years. If your unit is approaching this age, it’s time to start thinking about getting it replaced.

Newer air conditioning units are more energy-efficient and can solve many of the problems that have emerged due to the age of your unit. For example, an aging air conditioning unit can contribute to poor air quality in your home, as well as uneven cooling and frequent breakdowns.

4. Weak Air Flow

If your air conditioner takes forever to cool down your home, or never seems to do much of anything to keep the unrelenting summer temperatures away, it’s time for a replacement! If you stand by the vents in your home, you should feel a strong rush of air from your air conditioner. Weak airflow can be a sign that the compressor of your A/C unit is failing. However, it can also be a sign of a blockage or other issue in your air ducts. It’s best to call in a professional to evaluate this problem in order to get an accurate diagnosis. If the problem is with your compressor, replacing the unit all together is more cost effective than simply replacing the compressor, especially if the unit is several years old.

What To Do Next?

If your air conditioner shows one of the signs listed above, it’s time to call in the experts and have it replaced. Lancaster Brothers Heating and Cooling can take care of you and access any problem your unit is having! Give us a call or visit the contact page and message us through there. Stay Cool out there folks!

Here at Lancaster Brothers, we recommend Lennox Systems for their quality and efficiency. We make taking care of your Air Conditioning needs as easy as possible. Schedule a replacement or service over the phone or by email for your convenience. If you would like to take advantage of all of the benefits, become a member of the club! Request a Service online or call us today at (913) 648-9442!

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