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Is it time to replace your central air conditioning system?

Is it time to replace your AC system?

No matter how well you maintain, clean and repair your central air conditioning system, it does have a life span. It will get to a certain age where it simply cannot function effectively to lower humidity levels and keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot and humid outside. However, buying a new system is expensive. That's why you need to be aware of some signs that might indicate that your central air conditioning system is reaching, or has reached, the end of its life and it may be time to consider replacing it.

Rising air conditioning costs 

  • If your utility bills are going up and you haven't changed the way you use your air conditioning system, it's a sign that your system isn't as efficient as it should be. Heating and cooling costs account for roughly 44% of your utility costs. If you’re paying more than the average for your area, your air conditioning system may not be working effectively.
  • Another red flag is if you're making more air conditioning system repairs and the amount of money you're paying to make them.

How old is your system?

  • A central air conditioning system has an average lifetime of 10-15 years. If your system is close to ten years old or older, it might be smarter to replace it instead of getting it repaired.
  • Older air conditioning systems also use R22, a refrigerant, that has been phased out to meet environmental protection regulations. Replacing this refrigerant with one that complies with regulations  is expensive and since it's been discontinued, is becoming more difficult to source. The latest air conditioning systems comply with these regulations to be more eco-friendly and are designed to be much more energy-efficient. Using the correct refrigerant, they are also far more eco-friendly because they release fewer carbon emissions.

Inconsistent cooling and humidity levels

  • Your air conditioning system is supposed to remove humidity from the air. If functioning properly, the system will maintain consistent temperatures throughout the house. When the cooling portion of your HVAC system isn’t able to do that effectively, your equipment is either malfunctioning or there's an issue with your ductwork. Think about the cost of repairing these problems, some of which can be costly, and ask yourself if it is worth your while to spend the money on repairs vs. getting a new system.

Your system is running louder

  • If your air conditioning system sounds like its getting louder while operating, it could be that your duct system isn’t large enough for the square footage of your home. It may also point to a problem with the unit’s indoor coil.

More dust in your home

  • If you notice more dust in your home – even after cleaning, there may be leaks in the ductwork. These leaks compromise the efficiency of your air conditioning system, which increase the operating costs. 

Signs like these can indicate that it's time to think about replacing your air conditioning system. It’s natural to be concerned about the cost of replacing part of your HVAC unit. It’s an expensive purchase, and a huge investment in your home. Don’t panic at the prospect of having to come up with a lot of money upfront. A new air conditioning unit may wind up eliminating the constant repair costs, and lower your utility bills enough to help you recoup part of your investment. A newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system will also increase the resale value of your home.

Leffler Energy Can Help You Make The Right Choice To Replace Your Air Conditioning SystemLeffler Energy can help you make the right choice to replace your air conditioning system.

With years of experience in home cooling services, we realize that selecting the right air conditioning system replacement for your home with all of the options available can be overwhelming and confusing.  You can rely on our team of air conditioning professional technicians, who are experienced, highly qualified, and trained to help ensure that you make the right choice for you, your home and to help you save. Our local teams all live and work where you do, too so they know what the air conditioning needs are for local homes like yours. 

Leffler Energy has all of the latest and most energy-efficient air conditioning systems and you can rely on us for fast, expert installation and around the clock repairs to ensure that you keep your cool at home and about utility bills all summer long.

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