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Updating an older cooling system trims monthly running costs. Advances in modern cooling technology offer exceptional efficiency levels, superior cooling/dehumidification capacity, and outstanding warranties. Call on the professional from Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air, and we’ll match your specific needs with industry-leading innovations. We put precision control over your indoor climate at your fingertips. Completing accurate calculation of demand and proper installation of industry-leading A/C equipment, Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air protects the return from your investment and optimizes the enjoyment of home across Lake Forest, CA and the surrounding areas.

When To Get Your A/C Unit Replaced

Probably the biggest reason that we enjoy having a house is because it serves as protection from the outside elements. Whether it be rain or the relentless sun beating down on your home and threatening to warm everything indoors to the temperature of everything outdoors, you can feel relieved knowing that your A/C will keep you from breaking a sweat. You don’t always want to feel the outside temperature indoors — in other words, you want to be able to have control over the temperature in your home, keeping it as cool as you want it to be. But what do you do when you think it may be time to replace your A/C?

Part of being a homeowner is deciding when you need to repair or simply replace an inefficient air conditioning system. While repairs are great for preventing damage and repairing minor faults, replacement might be a good idea if your air conditioner is old, outdated, or operating inefficiently. More often than not, an air conditioner that needs to be replaced is costing you more money than simply opting for a new one, which is a long-term investment. If you’re not sure if your old air conditioning system needs to be replaced, then contact Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air, and we will be more than happy to discuss it with you.  

Frequent Repairs and Increased Energy Bills

If your air conditioner needs frequent repairs, or your electric bill is skyrocketing, then it might be time to consider getting a new A/C unit. In addition to considering the insulation in your home, consider the performance of your HVAC system. Energy bills reflect any changes in your air conditioner and indicate a usually larger problem, like an inefficient air conditioner or heating pump. Further, air conditioners older than 10 years old need to be replaced, as newer air conditioners are more efficient, and can save you up to 20% on your cooling costs, reducing your electric bills. 

Buildup of Moisture

All air conditioning units create moisture, but newer and more efficient A/C units are able to handle this moisture without a problem. If there is moisture or leakage around your A/C unit, it is likely that there is a refrigerant leak, which causes your air conditioner to underperform. This buildup of moisture can pose a serious health risk for your family, as it can lead to the breeding of mold, compromising the air quality in your home. 

Lack of Cool Air or Limited Airflow

Probably the most obvious sign of an air conditioning unit that needs to be replaced is a lack of airflow coming from the unit itself. If it takes a few minutes to begin producing cold air, that is proof that your A/C unit is not performing properly. The issue could be from clogged pipes, which restricts airflow, but no matter what the is, you should call Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air to have the problem assessed and a plan of action created and put into effect. 

Strange Noises and Strange Smells

If your A/C unit is louder than it used to be, making noises like grinding, squeaking, or chattering, don’t accept it as white noise to help you fall asleep. A noisy air conditioner that draws attention to itself means that your air conditioner is aging. It is true that some air conditioners operate on a certain noise level, but one that is constantly making you ask the question “Did it always make that sound?” should probably be replaced. 

In addition to producing strange noises, an air conditioner that needs to be replaced will also produce an unusual smell. Air conditioners should put out clean air that has no scent. If there is a foul smell, you could have a couple of different problems on your hands, including: 

  • Your A/C has standing water that is not draining properly, and thus has begun to smell. 
  • If your A/C is gas-powered, than the fluids from the engine could leak out, causing an exhaust fume odor. 
  • A mildew smell is likely caused by fungus that is growing in or near your air conditioner. Dirty air filters can also give off the scent of mildew, making a call to Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air a must if your A/C has a smell and you want to get rid of it. 
  • If your air conditioner smells like a skunk, then it could indicate a gas leak in your system. Methyl mercaptan is a gas like smells similar to a skunk’s spray, and if it gets into your ductwork and causes your house to smell, you should evacuate your home and contact us immediately so we can address the issue.   

Why You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner

While replacing any appliance in your home can seem like a stressful investment, replacing your air conditioning unit can have many benefits that make the investment worth it and cost-effective. Replacing an air conditioning unit, especially one that is older than 10 years old, will run at a higher efficiency rate, reducing your monthly electric costs and also eliminating any future repair bills that you would have to budget in if you kept your old unit. Every second that they run smoothly and efficiently saves you money on utility bills and money on costly repairs, providing you with a return on your investment.  

In addition to saving you money, an upgraded and efficient air conditioner helps the environment. Air conditioners that were manufactured before 2010 use a refrigerant known as R-22, which has been determined as a chemical that is depleting the Earth’s ozone layer. In response, they have initiated a gradual reduction in the harmful amounts of this chemical, banning manufacturers from making any new air conditioner that uses R-22 refrigerant. 

Replacement vs. Repair

It can be difficult to determine when you need to repair your air conditioner and when you need to replace it. Repairs are more affordable option, but recurring problems, or brand new ones might indicate a larger problem that maintenance or repairs cannot address. A good rule-of-thumb when deciding if you should get a new air conditioner is the 5,000 rule. Multiply the age of the A/C unit by the projected cost of the repair, and if the number is larger than $5,000 than you may need to call Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air for a new air conditioner. 

A/C System Installations You Can Trust

As a Factory Authorized Dealer, Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air combines a team of NATE-Certified, highly-trained, and up-to-date technicians with a wide range of advanced cooling options. We adhere to strict sizing and installation procedures, achieving unmatched system reliability and longevity.

Give us a call for all your air conditioning installation and replacement projects!

Get in touch with us at (949) 742 – 2995 for further information, customized design, and swift turnaround on all air conditioning installation projects. Our in-house sheet metal fabrication shop accommodates any challenge, eliminates delays, and ensures quality of materials. Complete Comfort Plumbing Heating & Air delivers a job done right and unequalled results across Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Irvine, CA.