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Should I Get a New AC System?

AC troubles are something you never want to face. But eventually, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace the AC unit in your home. Leading up to a full replacement, you may notice that things begin going wrong more frequently, even with regular maintenance. Your HVAC unit has a long life, but it won’t last forever.

As you approach needing a replacement for your AC unit, keep our team in mind. When it comes to air conditioning installation in Longmont, CO, you only want the top-rated experts to handle your heating and cooling needs. We know that you don’t want to replace your unit sooner than it’s necessary. So, how do you know when it’s time to take the leap and invest in a new AC system?

Quick Fix. Vs. Complete Replacement

AC problems don’t always mean that your entire unit is broken. Parts wear down over time and may need replacing, tightening, or tweaking for your unit to run in peak condition. An AC expert can take a look at your unit and offer a recommendation. When repair costs add up to a hefty bill, a complete replacement may make more sense. 

This includes when repairs begin to happen more frequently. An AC tune-up once per year is pretty standard. But if you find yourself calling our team month after month with a new or recurring issue, your unit may need replacing. 

Signs of AC Issues

While you can’t tell what’s a big problem versus a small problem, there are signs you can watch out for in general. Then call a professional to offer a recommendation for what needs to be done. Signs of AC issues include:

  • Strange sounds – It’s normal to hear the AC turn on before a cooling cycle and off after one. You may hear the fan blow and your ductwork rattle occasionally. But hissing, gurgling, screeching, or grinding are all signs that something is wrong. 
  • Shorter or longer cooling cycles – Your unit should run for about 15 minutes per cooling cycle. Less can mean your unit is short cycling. More can mean your unit is struggling to cool your home. 
  • Refrigerant leaks – These can lead to widespread damage throughout your unit
  • Warm air blowing out of vents – A sign of refrigerant leaks or that another component on your unit is broken
  • Significant water leaks coming from the unit – Hearing water once in a while is OK, but you shouldn’t hear water that sounds like it is coming from a faucet. 
  • Energy bills going up month after month – This is especially true if your energy use hasn’t changed. 
  • Your system is ten years or older – The older your unit, the more likely that it will need to be replaced soon.

Replacing your AC unit is a costly project, but it’s also an investment in your entire home and your family’s health and well-being. A new unit can increase efficiency and lower your monthly energy bills. 

Contact Meyers Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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