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5 Signs You Need a New A/C

Signs you need a new A/C

Summer is here, and Ernst Heating & Cooling wants to help you stay “red, white, and cool” this July. If your Metro East Illinois home is hotter inside than outside, it may be time to replace your A/C unit. Check out our signs that it’s time for a new model, and give us a call if any of them sound familiar.

Lack of cold air

The first thing you’ll probably notice when you need a new A/C unit is the lack of cold air in your home. If you turn on the unit or lower the thermostat and don’t feel cold air coming out within a few minutes, it’s time to call the HVAC experts at Ernst. We can help you determine whether the fix is a simple repair or a full A/C replacement.

Noticeable moisture buildup

Because of how air conditioning units are meant to work, nearly all will build up moisture to some degree. However, if you notice significant moisture buildup or puddling around the unit, it may be time for an upgrade. Noticeable moisture could mean a refrigerant leak in your unit, or excess water could cause the growth of mold, both of which may be dangerous for your family’s health.

Strange sounds or smells

If you’ve heard sounds like squeaking, grinding, or stuttering from your unit, it’s time to call in an HVAC expert to take a look. Your system should operate at a sound level that goes primarily undetected, so any loud noises are likely a cause for either repair or replacement. You should also call Ernst right away if you notice any strange smells from your unit, including musty or smoky odors, which require immediate attention.

Rising utility bills

If you start to see a rising trend in your utility bills, it could mean that your air conditioner is losing efficiency. When your unit has to work harder to cool your home, you’ll see that reflected in higher energy bills, higher indoor temperatures, and more frequent repairs. You can help delay the need for an A/C replacement by scheduling regular maintenance tune-ups, but at some point, you’ll still need to replace your equipment.

An aging HVAC system

In general, if your A/C unit is more than 10 years old, it’s likely time to start looking for a replacement. If you have to call for frequent breakdowns or repairs, it’s usually more cost-efficient to invest in a new machine rather than pouring money into an older unit. Plus, heating and cooling technology improves every day, meaning you’ll ultimately save money and energy with a new and more efficient model.

If you’re ready to wave the white flag on your old A/C unit, call Ernst Heating & Cooling today at 618.217.1836 to learn more about our HVAC replacement options and installation process.