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How to Tell When It’s Time for a New Air Conditioner

One of a homeowner’s hardest decisions regarding their HVAC system is determining when it’s time to replace their old unit with a new one. Air conditioning units are a huge investment so many people are reluctant to take the plunge and purchase a new unit even if their old system is faltering. Fall here in Southern California is still very hot; don’t muddle through these last few months of heat with an inefficient system if it’s time for it to go. If you’re in the market for a new unit and need flawless installation, our team at Total Comfort, Inc. is the best Riverside HVAC company for the job.

Signs It’s Time to Upgrade

Old Age

You’ve heard the saying, “nothing can last forever,” and this applies to your air conditioner too. An AC unit is only supposed to last in a home for 10 to 15 years. If you’ve taken diligent care of your unit and stayed on top of your preventative maintenance appointments, your unit might last closer to the 15-year mark. If your unit is somewhere in this age range, you should think about replacement options now. Replacing your air conditioning unit in an offseason like fall or winter allows you with an ample amount of time to shop around for the best system on the market and have a skilled team install it.

Higher Bills

Compare your energy bills from this past summer to previous summers and take note of any spikes in prices. We rely heavily on our air conditioning here in Riverside County, but if you haven’t considerably changed your air conditioning habits in recent history but you’ve seen a rise in your energy bill, it might be time to replace your unit. This is a sign that your unit works too hard to perform baseline levels of cooling. If you upgrade to new and efficient equipment, your AC won’t have to struggle and waste energy to cool your home.

Frequent Repairs

If you’ve reached the point in your air conditioning’s lifespan where each spring and summer bring along an innumerable number of repairs, then your system just isn’t worth operating anymore. An older unit that has surpassed its warranty coverage is costly to repair if you’re troubleshooting with repairs and breakdowns each cooling season you’re wasting money you could put toward a brand-new unit that won’t give you a constant headache. If you’re still unsure about replacing your unit, you can call one of our trained service technicians to come out and assess your unit and perform a cost-benefit analysis. We can help you determine what’s best for your unique needs.

Odd Sounds

If you’ve noticed that whenever you turn on your air conditioner you’re met with a symphony of clanking and rattling, it’s a sign that components within your system are past their prime. A healthy system should be able to operate almost silently. The presence of these strange sounds is never normal and indicates that you need parts, or your entire system swapped out for new ones.

We Can Help

Our team at Total Comfort, Inc. values your comfort more than anything. We understand all types of air conditioning issues and know how to address the specific needs of Southern California residents. Our fully trained and certified staff strive to exceed your expectations.

If you need a new AC system, contact us today to schedule a service.


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