Warning Signs You Need an AC Replacement

The time may be coming up for an AC replacement. Below are a few signs that would indicate that such a time has come. If you respond by having a professional come over and inspect the system, then you’re bound to get an honest recommendation about your next course of action.

1. The Age of the System

Packaged units and heat pumps have a life span of 10 to 15 years. This will vary, of course, based on the level of care that, up until then, the unit has received. If you never had yearly tune-ups done, then its life span will be significantly shorter.

2. Below-Average Cooling

One important sign to look for in a whole-house cooling system is uneven cooling between rooms and floors. The presence of “hot spots” may be explained by clogged air ducts or by a refrigerant leak; in either case, it shows that the system is getting old and worn.

In addition, you might notice that your unit blows out lukewarm air even several minutes after switching it on. It might also fail to remove humidity from your home.

3. Abnormally High Utility Bills

An aging system, especially one with clogs, leaks, or other issues, has to work harder to achieve the temperature you set. This is why you might experience unusually high electricity bills along with shoddy performance.

At Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc., we know that one of the benefits of tune-ups is to keep electricity bills reasonable. Homeowners across West Palm Beach take advantage of our regular maintenance. They also enjoy our zoning systems, which cool only certain rooms so as to maintain energy efficiency.

4. Expensive Repairs

Some issues are so expensive to repair that getting a complete AC replacement is, in the long run, more cost-effective. One such example is a refrigerant leak — usually the main culprit when a system fails to remove humidity.

5. Ominous Sounds

If you hear a grinding noise, know that this may signify a worn-out compressor. If you hear a hissing or screaming sound, that may point to a refrigerant leak. It is clear, then, that some sounds can warn you to the need for an AC replacement.

Comprehensive Inspections and More

If you’re considering a replacement, turn to Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc.. We have NATE-certified technicians who can serve anyone in West Palm Beach. Our crew can handle all types of heating- and cooling-related services. As a Dave Lennox Premier Dealer, we carry premium AC products for all property sizes and for all budgets. Find out more by calling us today.

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