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Signs it’s Time to Upgrade Your AC Unit

It’s a 90-degree day, you come home from work and your house, apartment, living space is blazing hot. You turn the air conditioning on full blast, but it just isn’t feeling right. This air conditioning unit is old and worn down. Now, you must decide to repair or replace your AC. You may not even be sure where to start. Heating & Cooling Two is here to help you make that decision. If you suspect you need to do something about your air conditioning, look for these indications that it’s time to upgrade your AC unit.

Signs of a Broken AC

If your AC isn’t working very well, this may be a huge underlying sign that it needs to be upgraded. Below we have a few warning signs that you need to repair or replace your air conditioning.

  • Weak airflow
  • Bad odors
  • Warm air
  • Leaks

Noisy Unit

It’s common for most air conditioners to make minimal noise when they are running. One way to tell your air conditioning is on the fritz are loud and sudden unusual noises. This could potentially be a big problem in the long run for your unit. Noises such as banging, grinding, scraping, and squealing won’t go away on their own. You may have to call in the professionals at Heating & Cooling Two to fix or replace your AC.  

The Age of Your AC

Most air conditioners last 15 to 20 years. If you have an older unit, it may have a 10-to-12-year life span. The older your unit gets, the more wear and tear it will experience. Window units are no exception even if they are only in for a couple months out of the year. They will typically last around 8 to 10 years. If you keep them in good shape, they will last even longer.

Cost to Repair vs Replace

Is your HVAC professional coming over regularly to repair your air conditioning? This will drive your cost up the wall. You might want to think about replacing rather than repairing. You shouldn’t have to be paying for repeated repairs. If you are ready to throw in the towel and upgrade to a new unit, let us walk you through the costs. Typically, the cost to replace you air conditioning unit it around $5,000 to $10,000. The national average is around $7,000.

Cost of Utility Bill

Let’s face it; the cost of gas, electricity, water, and trash have been a little pricey lately. So, we want to help you save money. If you are considering buying a new AC unit, most likely you will see a decline in your energy bills. A new air conditioning unit with a high SEER rating will typically be more energy efficient. This is because the new unit is working hard to remove heat from your house. Along with a new unit, you may want to think about purchasing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats run on a schedule, and know when no one is home, so you can program them to turn off the air, helping to reduce your energy bill.

If you are thinking about upgrading your air conditioning unit, congratulations! You are one step closer to feeling a lot cooler in your living space. Don’t let your air conditioning unit drain your bank account, annoy you with all sorts of random noises, or stink up your home. Take action now! Reach out to our HVAC professionals at Heating & Cooling Two to schedule a service or to chat with a professional about your air conditioning needs.