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Four Signs You Need To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

Four Signs You Need To Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, or if you think that it may be time to have your HVAC system maintained, call one of the experts at First String Heating.

Old Age

The average life expectancy of an air conditioning unit is roughly 15 years, although the majority of older units tend to begin their decline around the age of 10.

Much like a car, the lifespan of your air conditioner will vary according to the maintenance it’s received.

Poorly maintained air conditioning units would probably begin to decline before the age of 10 significantly. We’ve seen well-maintained air conditioners last for more than 15 years.

As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and this saying is particularly applicable to your air conditioning unit.

First String Heating offers a preventative maintenance program that can save you a significant amount of money in the long-run, so don’t wait to get in touch with us to schedule an appointment.

Rising Energy Bills 

One of the most common reasons that homeowners begin to think about replacing their air conditioning unit is because they’re tired of paying more and more to heat and cool their homes.

Older air conditioning units are inefficient due to their antiquated designs.

Ask your utility company to provide you with records of your energy bills, and look to see if you can spot a trend in the data.

If you find that your heating and cooling needs haven’t changed much but your bills are increasing, then it’s probably time to think about purchasing a replacement unit.

While a replacement air conditioning unit can be initially expensive, you’ll enjoy better heating and cooling in addition to lower energy bills.

Expensive Repairs

Have you ever given up on a car because it needed repairs that cost more than the car was worth?

Many homeowners find themselves in an identical position when it comes time to replace their air conditioning unit.

Even small repairs can add up over time, and an unreliable unit that constantly requires the attention of an HVAC technician probably isn’t worth the financial hardship.

If you’re curious about your current unit, you can always call First String Heating for an inspection.

Our HVAC technicians can inspect every element of your current unit and determine which of the components will need to be replaced in the near future.

R 22 Freon

In an effort to become more eco-friendly, the United States is phasing out products that utilize R 22 Freon.

This chemical is used in many older residential and commercial HVAC units, and while air conditioning units that utilize R 22 Freon are not banned, the cost of the chemical is quickly rising.

If your current unit depends on Freon to run, you may want to consider switching to a unit that utilizes R410A, the more environmentally friendly cooling alternative.

In addition to helping the environment, you’ll likely see a boost in efficiency and lower energy bills.

We hope that this guide will help you determine if you need an air conditioning replacement for your home.

At First String Heating, we understand that it can be expensive and unexpected to replace an air conditioning unit, so we offer a number of financing options that can make your next HVAC repair or installation even more affordable.

Get in touch with us to learn more about what we can do for your home or business.



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