5 Signs You Need To Replace Your AC Unit

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5 Signs You Need To Replace Your AC Unit

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Your air conditioning system has a demanding summer job that offers no time off, so your home’s cooling system has a limited life span even with the most diligent preventative maintenance plan.

Let’s look at the signs you need a new air conditioning system.

1. Your Energy Bills Are Skyrocketing

In an average-sized home, air conditioning draws more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Over time, air conditioners have been refined to work more efficiently and effectively. If your air conditioner is 10 years old or older and you are experiencing issues, it might be more economical to replace, rather than repair, an older unit.

According to the DOE, you can save 20% to 40% of your cooling energy expenses by replacing an older unit with a new one.

2. Your System Uses R-22 Refrigerant

Older cooling systems relied on R-22 refrigerant, an ozone-depleting chemical that is no longer the preferred cooling chemical for systems. Newer systems use R-410-A refrigerant.

3. Your Broken System’s Estimated Repair Costs More Than Half the Cost of a New System

A failing AC system might have issues with broken components, electrical failure, or leaking refrigerants. If your system is not functioning properly and your estimated cost to repair it is about half the cost to replace it, you might want to consider a total AC replacement.

AC systems have a life span of 10 to 20 years depending on the amount of use, appropriate installation, and if system sizing is consistent with demand.

4. Your System Is Making Odd Banging or Clanging Noises While Running

You might be aware of a brief click or tick sound when your AC system turns on or off, which is normal.

However, loud clangs or bangs from inside your AC unit might indicate broken components within the system and could require a system replacement by a trained professional.

5. You Smell Burning or Moldy Odors Coming From the Unit

Your AC system is built to regulate the humidity in your home. If your home is too humid in the summer and too dry in the winter, then it could be due to equipment malfunction or leaky ductwork. The same can be true if your home seems to have excess dust that might be caused by leaky ductwork.

Choose Neffsville Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Services for Your AC Replacement

Your home’s air conditioning system has its work cut out for it this summer. But if it’s not doing the job, call the professionals at Neffsville Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Services.

We have the experience to help you decide if your issues with your AC unit warrant repair or replacement.

Call (717) 625-1000 or contact Neffsville Heating & Cooling online for AC maintenance, repair, or replacement in Lancaster and York counties.

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