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Signs That it’s Time to Consider Replacing Your AC Unit

New air conditioning units are a major investment and not one you hope to make many times during the lifespan of your home. Most days you don’t even think about your AC unit. However, when the sun starts climbing high in the sky and Las Vegas begins to hit high temps by mid-morning a well-functioning system is necessary. The last thing you want to deal with is a hot and uncomfortable work area or home due to a malfunction or worse, complete breakdown.

In most cases, the above-mentioned scenario is avoidable through a consistent maintenance schedule and good repair work. But in some cases, it becomes unavoidable. We want to walk through a few signs for homeowners to be aware of, and if you begin to notice any of these happening to your property. It may be time to get 24/7 heating, AC & Plumbing scheduled for a professional inspection.

You’re facing repeated breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Any time you’re facing an expensive repair, you’ll want to weigh the costs of the repair against the costs of a new unit. If the cost of the repair would cover a large part of a new system, and especially if your air conditioner is showing any of the other signs in this list, it will likely make more financial sense to replace it.

Your home is not comfortable, limited cool air flow.

If your old air conditioner isn’t producing cold air or the airflow appears limited, it’s time for a replacement. When you turn on your AC, does the air fail to get cold? This could mean that there is a mechanical problem, a clog in the ductwork, or something else. A qualified AC technician can determine the root of the problem, but outside basic repair, if your AC isn’t performing its primary function, you need a replacement.

Higher energy bills

Do your energy bills look higher than they did last summer? An inefficient or outdated air conditioner could be the cause. Air conditioning units become less efficient over time, meaning they will require more energy to keep your home comfortable. You will need to have your AC on more (in an already constant battle against Las Vegas heat), and it will need to work harder to achieve the results it did before. By upgrading to a new air conditioner, you can lower your energy costs and have more money to spend where you choose.

Strange odors from vents

Your unit should never emit strange or questionable smells, so if you smell a musty or moldy smell, you need an inspection. The same goes if you detect a burning odor from the system. There is a chance that the issue may be mold in the drip pan, dirty air filters, or evaporated coils, all of which can be repaired.

However, the problem could be too major to repair, and you may need to replace it. It’s always advisable to have a HVAC maintenance service at least twice a year so that such problems are detected before they damage the whole system. A professional HVAC technician will help you decide between getting repairs and getting a replacement.

Air conditioner is more than 10 years old.

In general, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last about 15 years. However, if you’re in need of expensive repairs and your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it will often make more sense to replace it. This is especially true when you consider the advancements in technology we’ve seen with air conditioners in the  few years alone.

The AC requires the R-22 Refrigerant

AC systems usually require a gas known as a refrigerant that cools the air inside a house. All AC systems manufactured before January 2010 use the R-22 refrigerant, known as Feron. This refrigerant contains ozone depleted agents that are dangerous for the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency specifies that new AC models use eco-friendly refrigerants. Check the nameplate of your AC system to see whether it’s still using the R-22 and if so, it is time to buy an air conditioner.

Air Conditioner Replacement in Las Vegas

Are you noticing any of these problems? 24/7 Heating, AC & Plumbing is here to assist homeowners in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City, NV and the surrounding areas with their air conditioner replacement. Contact us today to discuss your needs!

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