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Five Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Five signs it's time to replace your air conditioner

During the summer, high temperatures and humidity can impact your health, comfort, and

the environment in your home. That’s why it’s imperative to have a well maintained and reliable cooling system in your home. Over time, air conditioners require maintenance and may need to be replaced if problems continue to arise.

The last thing anyone needs in the summer time is to be without a proper, reliable cooling system. Here are five signs that it’s time to replace your AC system, so that you can stay cool all summer long.

1. Your AC System Frequently Needs Repairs

If your air conditioner or cooling system is constantly having issues, breaking down, or requiring more maintenance than usual, then it might be a sign that it’s time to upgrade your system. The older a system is, the less reliable it becomes, and the likelihood that you’ll be having to service your AC increases. This is not ideal for those hot summer months, or cost effective in the long run. Instead of paying frequently to get your system serviced, a newer AC will be more reliable, quieter, and more cost effective overall.

2. Your Air Conditioner Isn't as Efficient as it Used to be.

As air conditioners age, their SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) decreases, and they become less effective at producing the cold air needed to keep your home comfortable during the hot summer months. When this happens, you may need to run the AC longer in order to maintain your desired comfort. This leads to an increase in your energy bills, adding to the expense on top of the cost of frequent repairs. 

Newer models of cooling systems, such as models from Mitsubishi and Samsung, have higher SEER ratings. The higher the SEER rating, the less energy is required to cool or heat your home, thus lowering the cost of your energy bills and putting money back in your pocket.

3. Your Air Conditioner is Running Sporadically

A sign that it’s time to replace your AC is when the climate control features start to become irregular. Hot and cold spots and humidity issues in your home are unpleasant to deal with in the summer, and are a sign that it may be time to replace your cooling system. To ensure that the climate in your home is consistently comfortable, a new air conditioner is recommended. Technological advancements in newer models of AC generate a higher effectiveness at maintaining thorough cooling and a comfortable humidity level in your home.

4. Your Air Conditioner is Excessively Noisy

Loud noises from your cooling system are frustrating for anyone nearby to hear,  and if your AC is repeatedly creating a racket, it’s a good sign that the system needs to be replaced. A noisy system may also be a sign of broken or loose parts, a refrigerant leak, or a system malfunction. If you hear any grinding, squealing, banging, or rattling noises, call Key Heating and Cooling right away and we will give you a free assessment on your system.

5. Your Cooling System is Getting Old

Simply put, no cooling system lasts forever, no matter how good it is. Your air conditioner’s age is one of the most important factors in determining whether it’s time to upgrade your system. Older air conditioners on average have a lifespan of 10-12 years. Newer models have updated their technology and internal components, improving the average lifespan by up to 10 years. Replacing your old AC for an updated model means you won’t have to think about replacing your cooling system again for at least 15 years.

Replace Your Old Cooling System With Key Heating and Cooling

If you find yourself frequently scheduling maintenance on your AC, notice a decline in efficiency, experience sporadic operation, hear excessive noise, or if your system is over ten years old, it's time to think about upgrading the cooling system in your home. Key Heating and Cooling offers consultations, maintenance, and replacement services for any ducted or ductless system in your home. Contact us or call today at (833) 258-8811 to update your system and stay cool all summer long. 

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