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How to Tell If Your AC Unit Needs an Upgrade

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How can you tell when it's time to replace your AC unit? The last thing you want is for the system to fail during the middle of summer. Before you run into any problems, you should determine whether or not your heating and air conditioning system is on its last leg. Follow these guidelines:

  1. It's Making Strange Noises
  2. Ideally, your air conditioner should make little to no noise when in use. Loud sounds, like rattling, groaning, and banging, indicate there's something wrong with the system. In some cases, a technician will be able to repair the problem. However, if the repairs cost more than the unit's value, replacing it will save you money in the long run.

  3. It's Not as Efficient
  4. Have you noticed an unexpected spike in your energy bills? An inefficient AC may be to blame. As air conditioners wear out, they begin to require more energy to operate. You may notice the system runs for longer intervals to manage your home's cooling load. It might even cycle more frequently than usual. Either way, you should have a technician inspect your AC to determine if it's time to upgrade your system.

  5. It's Just Old
  6. All HVAC systems wear out eventually, and even the most reliable air conditioners only last about ten years. After that milestone, it's time to start shopping around for another unit. Sure, buying a new one is an investment, but upgrading your AC now will help lower your energy bills and save you a bundle. And you'll get to enjoy all the innovative features that newer systems have to offer—an added bonus!

Is it time to replace your current air conditioner? If you experience any of the above signs, you may want to consider upgrading to something new. Connect with H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling, Inc. to discover which new AC unit is a perfect match for your home.

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