When Should I Upgrade my Central Air Conditioner?

Sometimes, the most valuable item in your home decides to take a permanent summer vacation when you need it the most. That item happens to be your central air conditioner — and just like your car, stove, or anything else that you use on a daily basis, your air conditioner will begin to wear down over time, leading to a potential breakdown. If you’ve been contemplating whether you should upgrade your central air conditioner, here are a few things to consider before putting it off again.

In Need of Frequent Repair

On average, how many times would you say that your central air conditioner was repaired last year? If it was very minimal, then you’re typically in the clear — but if you felt as if you were calling your HVAC company more times than you were calling your local restaurant to order dinner to-go, then that’s a sign that it would be wise to upgrade your unit

Generally speaking, an ailing air conditioner can be thought of in the same regard as an old car: there comes a point where it would be wiser to upgrade and purchase a new model, rather than putting more of your hard-earned money into something that’s bound to stop working sooner than later. However, if your unit is climbing up there in age, or hit a certain milestone age, now is the perfect time to make the switch — but why is that?

Celebrated a Milestone Birthday

Whether you’re turning 30 or 50, a milestone birthday is typically something that is celebrated with joy. However, when your central air conditioner turns ten years old, then you might want to opt for an upgrade rather than a cake with candles. On average, many central air conditioners are manufactured to last between 15 to 20 years. Additionally, some of these units are still using Freon (R-22) which is being fazed out slowly, but surely.

If you keep your “senior” unit around a little longer than its expiration date, then you can start to run into some problems. It may start working much harder to produce cold air in your home — which can increase your energy usage and leave you with a surprisingly higher utility bill. Opting for a new, energy-efficient unit will run with the utmost ease and will cool your house evenly — which is typically a rarity with an older unit.

Uneven Distribution of Cold Air

Ah, there’s nothing worse than sitting at home on a hot summer’s day, and not feeling an ounce of cool air. More common than one would like, an ailing central air conditioner will make this a staple of its day-to-day schedule — no matter how many repairs are made. Sometimes, this is due to a corroding part in the unit itself or an unforeseen problem with the ductwork — which is another reason why one room could be much cooler than the other.

Upgrading your central air conditioner is the best, most savvy solution to the problem at hand. Not only will you be able to opt for a much more energy-efficient unit, as mentioned earlier, but you can even overhaul the entire unit and have your ductwork repaired or replaced. This will give you peace of mind, in addition to an efficient cooling throughout your entire home — which is something that every homeowner would love to have, especially on those blistering days.

Does Your Home Need a New Central Air Conditioner?

Before the temperatures rise, contact us at Aqua Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Services Inc.. In addition to an AC upgrade, we can also help service an existing unit and make any necessary repairs fast.

Call us today at (847) 260-9889 or request a service online!
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