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When to Call It Quits on Your AC Unit

AC-topviewLet’s say that when you moved into your current home it came with a new air conditioning unit. You have relied on this system time and again to keep you safe from sweltering summer weather. It is almost like a part of your family in a way. This can make the decision to replace your AC a little harder than normal. However, this is a necessary choice you will need to make.

We know that replacing your cooling unit is harder on your wallet than on your emotions. It is a costly decision. This is why we want you to be able to make the informed choice about when your AC needs to be retired so you know the expense is justified.

When the time comes for a new air conditioner, make sure you call the professionals at Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning to learn what your options for a new unit are. In the meantime, keep reading to learn when to call it quits on your cooling system.

Signs the Time Has Come

There are several indicators that will let you know it is time to replace your air conditioner. These include:

  • The System’s Age: Most air conditioners are built to last about 10 years. A well-maintained unit may be able to make it to 15 years without losing its efficiency. However, if your system is more than a decade old, it is time to retire it and look into bringing home a new, more efficient AC.
  • Issues with Inefficiency: If your unit is running less efficiently than it used to, you might want to consider replacing it. You will know your AC is inefficient when it is cooling less but costing you more either due to overly frequent repairs or energy use.
  • It Is Just South of “Totaled”: A car is totaled when the costs to repair it is equal to or more than the value of the car itself. Similarly, if you are looking at a surprisingly large bill for a big AC repair that would be close to the cost of a new system, you may want to scrap the old system.
  • The AC Uses R-22: We are drawing closer to 2020 and that is the year when the refrigerant known as R-22 or “Freon” will be retired from use due to its negative impact on the environment. This means if your cooling system still uses this chemical, it won’t be able to be refilled if you spring a leak (or will be increasingly expensive if you can), resulting in a mandatory replacement. Your best bet is to look into a new system before this happens.

When you decide to replace your cooling system, reach out to the pros who can get the job done right. If you are in need of proper installation and sizing for your new system for air conditioning in Charlottesville, VA, the team at Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning is ready and willing to help.

Contact the Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning team today for expert air conditioning services. We can’t control the weather outside of your home, but we can control the weather inside your home. 

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