In the El Paso, Texas area, having a reliable air conditioner is a must. You certainly don’t want to wait until your air conditioner has broken down during a heatwave to realize that something’s wrong with your system. To make sure you don’t melt on yet another hot day, watch for these signs that your air conditioner may need to be replaced.
It’s Been Around for Over a Decade
Generally, an air conditioning unit will need to be replaced every 10 years. If your unit has been in use for over a decade, it may be time to start shopping for a new one. Look for an ENERGY STAR qualified air conditioner to save up to 20 percent on your cooling costs.
Your Energy Bills Are Increasing
Air conditioners typically don’t work perfectly up until the day they finally give out. Instead, they slowly become less efficient and require more and more energy to keep your home cool. If your utility bills seem to get higher every year, you might need to replace your AC unit.
The Unit is Noisy
Your air conditioner will certainly produce some noise when it runs, but if it seems like it has gotten especially loud, it may be time to replace it. Consider upgrading from evaporative cooling to refrigerated air conditioning to get a more efficient and much quieter cooling system for your home or business.
If you’re having to frequently schedule repairs for your AC unit, then that’s a sign you might need to replace it. Frequent repairs become expensive overtime and will end up not being cost-effective. If you need to replace a major part, then replacing your system might be a smarter financial decision. Consult with a certified HVAC technician to decide if replacing your air conditioner is the right decision.
Your Home is Excessively Humid Inside
In addition to cooling your home, air conditioners also remove moisture from the air as they operate. If you’ve noticed that your home seems more humid than usual, your AC might not be effectively reducing the air’s moisture level. Keep in mind that even with an air conditioner, some homes require a separate dehumidifier in particularly moist areas like basements. If your dehumidifier is running more frequently or needing to be emptied more frequently, it could also be a sign that your air conditioner isn’t as effective as it used to be.
Contact Kings Aire to replace or repair your air conditioner before the next heat wave hits.
Originally published in July 2018, updated in May 2020
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