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Time to Replace Your AC Unit? Signs to Watch for This Summer

Woman sitting on couch with a fan, looking tired and overheated.


There's nothing quite like the summer heat—it's humid, powerful, and makes you feel good... most of the time. Its direct counterpart is the feeling of walking into a cool, air-conditioned home—but what do you do if your AC unit fails you? Let's explore that.


It's easy to rely on your AC unit, but even great units can hit snags and fail out. It's important to recognize the signs that your AC unit could be close to giving out, otherwise, you could be missing out on some much-needed comfort of a cool home. Not to mention, recognizing issues beforehand can save you on potentially costly AC Unit repairs.


In this blog, the experts at Advance Heating and Cooling will show you some key indicators that it's time to replace or repair your AC unit and explain the perks of investing in a new system.


Signs Indicating It's Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

Let's explore the unmistakable signals that suggest it's time to upgrade your air conditioning system.


Remember, not every situation is going to be reflective of one or even every one of these examples; if you notice something is up, have a professional come in and do an assessment to diagnose the problem. The quicker you know what's wrong, the quicker you can fix it. 


HVAC technician inspecting the AC unit.


Declining Cooling Performance

Do you notice it takes surprisingly long for your AC unit to cool your house to your desired temperature? Or that it struggles to maintain that temperature on a consistent basis?


Unfortunately, this struggle to keep your home cool and comfy can indicate underlying issues with your AC unit, ranging from complications such as ageing components, refrigerant leaks, or insufficient maintenance.


If you notice this is a reoccurring issue, it's time to talk to a specialist.    


Frequent Breakdowns

So... have you been constantly finding yourself constantly having to call technicians to fix your AC? Now, don’t get us wrong, occasional repairs are normal. However, frequent system failures and increasing repair costs can indicate your unit is nearing the end of its life.  AC units, like most products, have shelf life and will inevitably require repair or replacement, and, sometimes, putting a Band-Aid on a big issue won’t help you if the issue requires a full overhaul. This is a scenario where buying a new unit could save you time and money in the long run.


Do you need help determining whether your AC unit needs repairs or replacements? Don't leave it up to chance—trust the experts at Advance Heating and Cooling. Air conditioning can account for a significant amount of your utility bills per month. It's best to ensure that all your HVAC equipment is in tip-top shape so you can enjoy a comfortable home environment while saving money.  


Lucky for you, Advance Heating and Cooling install and service HVAC equipment for both residential and commercial use across the Waterloo Region and more! Don’t leave it to chance, you can trust the experts at Advance Heating and Cooling to get the job done. Contact us today.


Ever-rising Energy Bills

Have you noticed that despite not using more energy... that your bill is suspiciously increasing? This is a clear-cut sign when it comes to inefficient AC units.


While upgrading to a new unit seems daunting, you could end up saving yourself money in the long run by reducing your energy usage and optimizing with a newer, more efficient unit. Not only this, but you'll also be able to cut energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint in the process. Who doesn't like to do right by the environment? Future generations will thank you.  


Air conditioning units can significantly increase electricity consumption, increasing bills for several Canadians. Across the nation, the average annual electricity costs rose by 3.8% in 2022 compared to 2021, with the most notable spikes recorded in Saskatchewan (+12.3%), Alberta (+9.8%), and Prince Edward Island (+5.7%).


Do You Know How Old Your AC Unit Is?

It’s good to have an idea about how old your current unit is, as well as the last time it was most recently serviced.


Usually, the average unit has a lifespan of 10-15 years, depending on several factors; if you find that your unit is exceeding its life expectancy, you might be in for a full replacement.


Newer models come with improved performance and longevity due to modern technological advancements. Talk to a specialist to get the most bang for your buck.


Pay Attention to Unusual Noise and Odours

Have you ever been woken up to clanking, grinding, or unpleasantly odd odours? Perhaps fortunately and unfortunately, it’s not likely a ghost–it could be an indicator of internal damage or mold within your AC unit.


It’s important that if you catch a whiff of these issues, you need to address them quickly to make sure you’re maintaining good indoor air quality and avoiding additional damage.


You Notice Poor Air Quality

If your home feels stuffy despite running the AC, it could be due to poor indoor air quality caused by an old or malfunctioning unit. Upgrading to a new AC with advanced filtration systems can help alleviate this issue.


Your Home has Uneven Cooling

Consistently warmer or cooler rooms may point to problems with your AC's distribution system or ductwork. Upgrading to a unit with improved airflow and zoning capabilities can ensure consistent comfort throughout your home.


Your AC Is Too Large or Too Small for Your Space

The Government of Canada reports that "oversizing is clearly detrimental to comfort, cost of operation and equipment performance" when it comes to operating an AC unit. An oversized AC unit could lower your house and office temperatures too fast, without removing excess humidity the space to become cool and damp. This can cause the growth of mold, as well as stains on the ceiling, walls, and floors, along with musty smells. As well, an undersized unit won't be able to keep up with cooling needs during hot summer days.


Your AC Unit Produces Excessive Noise and Dust

The constant presence of dust around your space, even after a good cleaning, is a clear indicator that there's leaks going on in your ductwork. Those leaks compromise the efficiency of your AC unit and can increase operating costs. If you notice that your AC unit is excessively loud and noisy, there's also a good chance that your duct system isn't big enough for the square-footage of the space. There's also a high probability that you have an issue with the unit's indoor coil - meaning you're going to need professional help.


Other Considerations to Take to Heart

When considering an upgrade, it's not just about staying cool; it's about enjoying a range of benefits such as improved energy efficiency, enhanced comfort, reduced maintenance costs, and peace of mind. Make sure to choose a unit that's appropriately sized, energy-efficient, and equipped with the features you need for optimal performance. Professional AC installation and maintenance services are crucial for ensuring a seamless transition and maximizing the lifespan of your new AC unit.


Making the Right Choice with Advance Heating and Cooling

When it comes down to choosing the right AC unit replacement, you need to rely on the help of professionals. The pros at Advance Heating and Cooling have made it our mission to provide fast, efficient service with a budget in mind. The team has built a strong relationship with our clientele based on our ability to innovate and continue to invest in the latest technology to make sure our service is always top-notch.


Advance Heating and Cooling understands that it can be very overwhelming and confusing when it comes to choosing a new AC unit. Our team of HVAC professionals are experienced, highly professional and devoted to giving you the best quality product.


Working with Advance Heating and Cooling provides you with a team of professionals who provide the best level of service in the industry. We have the best technology available to address all your HVAC needs. So, before you commit to repairing and replacing your AC unit, make a call to our team at Advance Heating and Cooling today so we can discuss the best options for you.




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Vincent Afrouzi
Name: Vincent Afrouzi
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Last Post: July 10, 2024