Not sure whether or not it’s time for a new air conditioner? Here are a few telltale signs your AC needs to be replaced.

The Age

Even the best-maintained air conditioning units can’t be expected to last forever, especially in a harsh and hot climate like Arizona. Even though older units can work, they are likely to experience frequent breakdowns, costly repairs, and struggle to adequately cool your home. New air conditioner units are more energy-efficient and can solve many problems that may have emerged due to the age of your unit. By replacing your AC now, you’ll not only stop dealing with those problems, but you’ll also be making a better investment by purchasing a new unit.

So if your unit is up there in age, it’s probably time to start thinking about replacing it.

Poor Air Quality

Air conditioners are great because they deliver cool air to your home. But did you know they’re also responsible for providing ventilation? If you notice more dust in your home or higher than normal humidity levels, your AC might not be able to ventilate properly. This can lead to pollen and other pollutants entering your home and your home feeling uncomfortable.

If you or someone you live with suffers from asthma, allergies, or another respiratory condition, it’s especially important to get your air conditioner checked. If the problem is bad enough, you’ll need to replace your unit.

Weak or Warm Airflow

Have you noticed your AC is struggling to cool your home or isn’t able to maintain an ideal temperature like it used to? If you’ve replaced your filter, made sure the thermostat is working fine, and the motor is in good shape, this is a warning sign that your AC isn’t doing great (and likely won’t improve).

Wear and tear can result in an air conditioner having weak airflow or even blowing warm air. Repairs can fix these issues, but if they are frequent, they will only be a temporary solution. If you need help deciding whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced, have a professional check your unit. The Comfort World Air Conditioning & Heating team can help quickly diagnose the problem and give you expert advice on which route you should take.

Bad Smells

A properly functioning AC should only put out clean, neutral-smelling air. But when problems exist, you may smell something bad. Musty smells can be a sign of mold or mildew buildup, and foul or smoky smells can mean that the unit’s wiring has an issue. If you’re smelling anything other than clean air, your unit is likely on its way out. Save yourself from a costly and potentially dangerous breakdown and have your unit replaced as soon as possible.

Strange Sounds

Similarly, with smells, a properly functioning AC should operate at a noise level that is barely detectable. If you’re hearing noises, you shouldn’t take it as a typical sign of aging. Some minor noises can often be repaired. But if you’re hearing loud screeching, rattling, and scraping coming from your unit, it’s probably time for an AC replacement.

Frequent and Expensive Repairs

Speaking of repairs…as your air conditioner ages, it becomes vulnerable to breakdowns and frequent repairs. These can become expensive, and as the repairs continue to pop up, the prices will rise.

If repairing your air conditioner is going to cost at least 20% of the cost of purchasing a new air conditioner unit, then it’s time to consider replacing your unit. When it comes to that point, you not only need to think about the cost, but you need to figure out if the repair can solve the problem or just be a band-aid fix.

Higher Energy Bills

If you’re suddenly paying a lot more on your energy bills, your air conditioner may be to blame. Older air conditioners have to work much harder to cool your home, leading to increased energy use that is reflected in your higher bill.

New air conditioner units are exceptionally energy efficient, and some utility companies and government agencies offer tax credits to switch to a more energy-efficient unit. Replacing your old air conditioner with a new, efficient model is a great way to save on your energy bills while also helping the environment. It’s a win-win!

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AC Installation in Scottsdale, Arizona

Think you might be in need of a new air conditioner? Comfort World Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help! When you need a new AC installed, our professional team is here for you. We also provide HVAC repairs, maintenance, and air duct repair services. We’ve been bringing comfort to the valley for over 30 years, so count on us to get the job done right. Our highly trained technicians in Scottsdale, Arizona, want to bring a little more comfort to your world!