Wednesday, June 7, 2017

5 Signs It's Time To Upgrade Your AC Unit

If you're a homeowner, one of the toughest decisions you'll have to make about your air conditioner is when it's time to get a new unit. A new AC unit can be expensive, but so can the costs of repairing an old one. So how are you supposed to tell when it's time to upgrade? Here are 5 signs to help you make that decision.

1. Your System Is Over 10 Years Old

Around the 10-year mark, it's a good idea to begin to think about upgrading your system. A typical AC unit that is well taken care of can last around 15 years. However, if the system doesn't get regular maintenance, it could be less than that.

2. It Frequently Breaks Downs

It's best to have a professional Lake of the Ozarks HVAC repair company service your HVAC system at least twice a year. However, if you're having to call them constantly for breakdowns, it may be time to replace your system. Repair costs can add up and become expensive. Compare the cost of repairing the unit with the cost of replacing. In addition, your new unit may actually save on energy costs so you may find that a brand new AC unit could actually be cheaper in the end.

3. The Utility Bills Are Increasing

If your energy bills are increasing, it could be because of your AC unit. If your cooling system is working too hard, it could cause your energy bill to increase. Upgrading your unit to a more energy efficient model could end up saving you money in the long run.

4. Your Home Isn't Cool Enough

If your AC isn't cooling your home enough for your needs, there are two likely causes. First, your AC unit may be dirty, or poorly maintained and needs to have maintenance. It's best to have your AC unit serviced once a year, typically in the spring, for optimum performance. If servicing your unit doesn't solve the issue, your AC unit may be improperly sized for your home. A unit that is too small for your square footage, won't be able to keep your home cool. An HVAC professional at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you determine the appropriate size unit for your home. Upgrading to a properly sized unit can make a dramatic difference in your home comfort.

5. Your System Uses R-22 Freon

R22 Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the cost of freon is rising. If your AC unit uses R22 Freon, you'll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant. If you're having major problems with your AC unit, especially if it involved the need for more freon, it's probably a good time to replace your unit.

 Royal Heating & Air is here for all your heating and cooling needs from preventative maintenance to installations. To speak with one of our expert HVAC technicians at the Lake of the Ozarks, call us today at 573-480-4313.

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