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Woman checking an air conditioner in her home

Over 66% of people who died during the 2021 British Columbia heat dome did not have AC. With such shocking statistics, an air conditioning system is now a necessity. But many homeowners with ACs hesitate to replace systems until it is completely necessary. So, how do you tell that your unit is at the end of its useful life? When should you replace it? Below are some of the tell-tale signs you need an air conditioner replacement.

Your Unit is More Than 15 Years Old

Although some air conditioning systems can last up to 20 years, this only holds with proper scheduled maintenance over its lifetime. The average unit will start to show signs of wear and tear from the 10-year mark. If you are using your AC toward the end of its useful life and it’s constantly in need of repair, it needs replacement. A new air conditioning system will be the best choice for your comfort, wallet, and health.

The AC System Constantly Requires Repair

Are you calling your HVAC specialist every other week? It may be time to replace your unit. While regular upkeep is important, your system should not be in constant need of service. You are better off getting a new AC replacement instead of churning out cash for repairs. As a rule of thumb – if the AC repair cost is more than half the price of a new system, get a new one.

Your Space Feels Humid

An air conditioning functions by absorbing warm air, removing the excess moisture from it, cooling it, and then sending cold air into your home through the return vents. If you get humid air, the airflow of your unit might be blocked, or you may have a clogged condenser line. If you have had scheduled maintenance and your unit still blows out humid air, you might need to replace your air conditioner.

Electrical Air Conditioner Issues

If weird odors like burnt wire come from your unit or you notice frayed wiring, call your local HVAC technician to check the problem. If you are constantly having electrical problems with your system (especially for old units), it could turn out to be a potentially hazardous situation. In this case, a new air conditioning unit is your safer bet.

Increased Energy Bills

Although HVAC expenses account for up to 46% of the typical homeowner's electric bill, this doesn’t mean you should be overpaying for an ineffective air conditioning system. If your energy bills are constantly high, your air conditioner may be the problem. Inefficient ACs use more energy to maintain the conditions in your home. If you can’t solve this issue, you may need to replace your system. Use your residential energy audit to monitor the energy use in your home.

Do You Need an Air Conditioner Replacement?

Do you think you require an air conditioner replacement or an AC repair? Problem Solved Plumbing & Heating Ltd is available to assist you with all of your air conditioner problems. Whatever the type or brand of your HVAC system, you can trust us to get the job done fast and professionally. Get in touch with Problem Solved Plumbing & Heating Ltd. for a quote on our AC services. We serve Cochrane, Airdrie, North Calgary, South East Calgary, Arbour Lake, Brentwood, and surrounding areas.


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