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Updating an older cooling system trims monthly running costs. Advances in modern cooling technology offer exceptional efficiency levels, superior cooling and dehumidification capacity, and outstanding warranties. Call on the Orange County air conditioning professionals at Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air, and we’ll match your specific needs with industry-leading innovations.
Our Orange County AC installation experts put precision control over your indoor climate at your fingertips by completing accurate calculation of demand and proper installation of industry-leading AC equipment. Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air protects the return from your investment and optimizes the enjoyment of home across Orange County, including Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, and surrounding areas.
While replacing any appliance in your home isn't always a welcome proposition, replacing your air conditioning unit can have many benefits that make the investment worth it. Replacing an air conditioning unit, especially one that is older than 10 years old, will run at a higher efficiency rate, reducing your monthly electric costs, and also eliminating any future repair bills that you would have to budget in if you kept your old unit. Every second that they run smoothly and efficiently saves you money on utility bills and money on costly repairs, providing you with a return on your investment.
In addition to saving you money, an upgraded and efficient air conditioner helps the environment. Air conditioners that were manufactured before 2010 use a refrigerant known as R-22, a chemical that has been found to be contributing to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. A gradual reduction of this harmful chemical has therefore been initiated, and manufacturers have been banned from making any new air conditioner that uses R-22 refrigerant moving forward. That means that if your old air conditioner isn't working properly, you may no longer be able to get any new R-22 refrigerant at an affordable cost, or at all.
Part of being a homeowner is deciding when you need to maintain, repair, or simply replace an inefficient air conditioning system. While repairs are great for preventing damage and repairing minor faults, replacement might be a good idea if your air conditioner is old, outdated, or operating inefficiently. Often, an air conditioner that needs to be replaced is costing you more money than simply opting for a new one, which is a long-term investment. If you’re not sure if your old air conditioning system needs to be replaced, then contact Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air, and we will be more than happy to discuss it with you.
Be on the lookout for the following signs that AC replacement is imminent:
Frequent Repairs & Increased Energy Bills
If your air conditioner needs frequent repairs, or your electric bill is skyrocketing, then it might be time to consider getting a new AC unit. In addition to considering the insulation in your home, consider the performance of your HVAC system. Energy bills reflect any changes in your air conditioner and indicate a usually larger problem, like an inefficient air conditioner or heat pump. Further, air conditioners older than 10 years old need to be replaced, as newer air conditioners are more efficient, and can save you up to 20% on your cooling costs, reducing your electric bills.
Lack of Cool Air or Limited Airflow
Probably the most obvious sign of an air conditioning unit that needs to be replaced is a lack of airflow coming from the unit itself. If it takes a few minutes to begin producing cold air, that is proof that your AC unit is not performing properly. The issue could be from clogged pipes, which restricts airflow, but no matter what the is, you should call Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air to have the problem assessed and a plan of action created and put into effect.
If your AC unit is louder than it used to be, making noises like grinding, squeaking, or chattering, don’t accept it as white noise to help you fall asleep. A noisy air conditioner that draws attention to itself means that your air conditioner is aging. It is true that some air conditioners operate on a certain noise level, but one that is constantly making you ask the question “Did it always make that sound?” should probably be replaced.
In addition to producing strange noises, an air conditioner that needs to be replaced will also produce an unusual smell. Air conditioners should put out clean air that has no scent. If there is a bad smell, you could have a couple of different problems on your hands, including:
- Standing water from an AC that is not draining properly, which can cause a stale "dirty socks" smell
- Fungal growth in or near your air conditioner or a dirty air filter that needs to be replaced, which can cause a mildewy smell
- Leaking fluids from the engine (if your AC is gas-powered), which can cause an exhaust fume odor
- A gas leak (if your AC is gas-powered), which can cause a rotten egg or rotten cabbage smell
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