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Why Spring is the Best Time to Replace An AC Unit

When Does An Air Conditioner Need To Be Replaced?

The air conditioner is one of the most crucial parts of the home, especially in more temperate climates. Now that summer's on the way, homeowners will want to get started on any maintenance they need to make sure the AC is working to its full potential. Otherwise, this crucial system might just break down right when homeowners need it most! Read on to learn the signs that the AC needs help from a professional.

The AC Has Been Around For A Long Time

oldDepending on the type, unit quality, and maintenance received, an air conditioning system is expected to have an average lifespan of 15-20 years. Considering the high cost of a new AC unit, which typically runs between $3,500 to $8,000 depending on whether it is a window unit, a split system, or some other kind, any homeowner would hope that they would last as long as possible to avoid the cost of AC replacement. 

Though this can be possible with proper care and maintenance, AC units will only last for so long. Eventually, units do become old and even outdated. If an air conditioner has been around for a long time, perhaps beyond its life expectancy, it might be time to put down the cleaning and repair tools and give the old unit a retirement party. At this point, newer models might have significant upgrades that would make replacing an old AC with a new one much more cost-effective than holding on to an aging unit.

It Has Become Inefficient 

There is no escaping Father Time. He eventually catches up to everyone and everything - including AC systems. While preventive maintenance can slow down the effects of daily use, most air conditioners succumb to some form of degeneration, losing, among other things, their energy efficiency, which in turn raises energy bills. Repairs can put an AC’s energy efficiency back on track, but they eventually become more costly to repair. They will then need replacement, so it is best to call professionals for air conditioner installation services.

It No Longer Cools Spaces Adequately

hotWhile there are many reasons to replace an air conditioner completely, one of the strongest and most compelling reasons to do this before summer heat sets in is that it no longer cools a home adequately. Ineffective cooling is usually caused by several different things, such as a refrigerant leak, a malfunctioning thermostat, an undersized unit that is not meant to cool the space it is put in, leaking air, a damaged compressor, as well as a dirty condenser or evaporator coils.

Most ACs won’t have more than one problem, making it easy to fix. Still, if the unit is experiencing more than one of these or meets the other two criteria for replacement (old and energy inefficient), then it’s clear to see that the old unit has to go. A new one needs to take place before summer officially sets in.

About Chad’s AC Direct 

Chad’s AC Direct is a full-service heating and AC company serving the Montgomery, AL community. Customers can expect personalized and efficient service - from live answering to convenient scheduling and expert installation. Their team of expert technicians provides excellent service at a great value, with no surprise expenses and honest, upfront billing. Call them today for reliable HVAC services in Montgomery, AL.

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