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How Do I Know if My AC Needs Replacement?

Does My HVAC Unit Need Replacement?

South Florida enjoys beautiful weather year-round! Since the weather is mostly warm throughout all seasons, it’s common for your AC unit to go by unnoticed. It’s always available when you need it to make your home cooler or a little warmer, depending on the temperature outside. That is also what makes it easy to forget the unit that is doing all that work until you find it is not working as it should any longer. So how do you know if your AC unit needs a replacement in Palm Beach or Martin County?

When South Florida summer heat strikes, the best way to get comfortable is to turn on your air conditioner. Air conditioning keeps you cool over the long summer months. When you maintain your air conditioner properly, it should perform efficiently even during the hottest periods. However, sometimes our air conditioners stop working as well as they should. Although a new air conditioner can be a big investment, the cost of ongoing repairs quickly adds up, especially when you’re operating an old, inefficient unit. Therefore, the first thing to consider, according to Energy Star, is that if you don’t already have an energy efficient unit, you should consider upgrading to one, especially if your current central air conditioner is 10 or more years old. Most HVAC technicians say they certainly recommend replacing units if they are 15 years or older.

You are already aware that your air conditioner is one of the most important (if not the most important) appliance in your home! So, it is very important to keep track of how efficient your A/C unit is running as time passes by. That is the only way to know when it’s time to replace it. If the costs of recurring maintenance have become excessive, it might end up costing you more to repair than to just replace your air conditioner outright. Outdated, inefficient air conditioners can also pollute the air that your family is breathing, as well as significantly increase your electric bill. Here are some tips to help you determine when it might be time to buy a new air conditioning system.


If your air conditioner is 10 years or younger
and has had routine maintenance over the years, then you should have nothing to worry about. If your air conditioner is a little older than that, you might have seen some warning signs that it might be time to replace it.

AC Replacement Warning Signs

* Your Air Conditioner is over 15 years old.
* The air you are getting is not cool.
* There is NO air flow.
* New and unusual sounds emanate from your unit.
* Some rooms in your home are no longer receiving air.
* Need for frequent repairs.

The average lifespan for an air conditioning unit is around 15 years. If your air conditioner is nearing this age or is already at this age, it may be time to start looking for your next one. The new technology that air conditioning units now come with will surprise you. Your power bill will improve dramatically. Naturally you will also see an improvement in the air quality of your home.

Lack of Airflow

Have you noticed a decrease in airflow from your air conditioner? This could mean any number of things, including issues with your AC’s compressor, or blocked/damaged vents.

Energy Bill Cost

Have you begun seeing an increase in your electric bill and didn’t know why? This could be because of your old air conditioner. Its ability to create cool air is greatly diminished over the years of use. Even if the home isn’t properly cooled, your AC may be running up your monthly energy bills to a pronounced degree. A gigantic warning sign for your unit’s effectiveness and efficiency is an increase in your power bill. This one factor is generally the biggest one that calls people to action.

House Temperature

If you are struggling to keep cool in the summer, it is probably because your air conditioner is spending hours trying to get the house cool, yet it never reaches the desired temperatures. From low Freon levels to a broken compressor, any number of issues could be affecting this situation. This could also be a sign that your air conditioner may be outdated and not have enough power to cool the entire house. Summer is for relaxing, not battling the heat, so it may be time to upgrade. Your local experts at CMi Air Conditioning & Electrical have all the best solutions for your air conditioning problems. One of our AC experts will guide you in selecting one of the many energy efficient brands we carry, including Trane, Lennox, Mitsubishi, Ruud, or Carrier.

Call 561-844-1004 in Palm Beach County, or 772-283-0096 in Martin County to speak to one of our AC specialists!

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    At CMi Air Conditioning and Electrical we offer 24/7 Emergency Service to all of our customers. You can always count on us to get to you fast and get the job done right the first time. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to find the source of your air conditioning and heating problems and fix them fast.