- Your A/C Unit is Noisy!
Any working A/C should be running with minimal noise; a quiet hum is what you will most likely hear from a healthy unit. So any noises such as knocks, whines, loud hums (as in louder than usual), and groans are a cause of concern—and depending on the cause, it’s a sign for new A/C. Otherwise, letting these noises carry on can lead to bigger, costlier jobs to install a new unit when it’s the summer months (not something we recommend).
- Your Utility Bills are Rising!
While there will be seasonal changes to your energy costs, bills on the same month of different years should be relatively similar. High energy bills are another common sign that you should replace or service your HVAC system. As heating and cooling systems age, their efficiency tends to decline. This can be especially problematic for those that do not have these systems serviced at least once or twice a year.
Regular maintenance will increase the lifespan of your air conditioning system and keep your A/C unit running as efficiently as possible, but at some point, an upgrade will be necessary. Upgrading to a high-efficiency air conditioner can cut down on your energy bills by as much as 20 percent.
- Your Home is Uncomfortable
An aging HVAC system will often struggle to keep your home at a consistent temperature. This could be the result of a variety of issues such as a damaged thermostat, an inaccurate thermostat, low fluid levels, clogged filters, cracked ducts, or serious damage to the motors.
Temperature inconsistencies typically mean that your air conditioning system is not powerful enough to supply air throughout your home, or that the ductwork is not properly installed. In either case, opting to keep your air conditioning system as-is will result in an uncomfortable home environment and increased energy bills. Not all air conditioners are created equal and with homes varying in size, layout, location, and more, every home will have unique needs when it comes to heating and cooling options.
- Your A/C Unit is More than 10 Years Old
When was your air conditioning system installed? The Department of Energy recommends homeowners replace their HVAC system every 10 to 15 years. Modern air conditioners are durable, but their major components will begin to deteriorate after around ten years depending on how often you use and maintain them.
AC units that are more than ten years old also likely use a refrigerant known as R-22. This type of freon is not only outdated, but it is harmful to the environment. Upgrading to a newer unit will reduce your carbon footprint while cutting down on your monthly energy bills.
If you have recently noticed any of these signs with your HVAC system, call True Climate Heat + Air today. Our team of experienced technicians can help you through the process of replacing the perfect HVAC system for your home and budget.
At True Climate Heat + Air, we provide quality air conditioning replacement services at economical prices. We also understand that your home, lifestyle, health, plans, and financial goals are all factors that determine the best system for you. That’s why we provide in-home comfort consultations, where one of our certified Trane Comfort Specialists will assist you in determining the best comfort solution for your home.
If you’re not sure if it’s time to replace your air conditioning system, give us a call today to learn more, or schedule your next appointment online.