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Are You Ready for an AC Replacement?


If you live in the Anaheim area, we hope you already have a whole-house air conditioner in place. While window or portable units are better than nothing, they simply cannot provide you with fully effective and efficient cooling that you and your wallet deserve. If you are still relying on portable cooling systems, be sure to reach out to our team to learn what your AC options are.

We know the current temperatures have you reaching for blankets and sweatshirts, but when spring comes, you’ll be thankful for a central air conditioner. If you already have a centralized air conditioner in place but are wondering if it’s still up to the task of affordably keeping you comfortable, read on! We’ve gone over some signs below that indicate your current air conditioner is about ready for an upgrade.

Your Cooling System Is Old

Do keep in mind that these are only guidelines, and much of what we are sharing is dependent on factors such as the type of air conditioner you have, and how well maintained its been over the years. But the general rule of thumb is that central air conditioners last about 10-15 years. Any system over 15 years old, whether its experiencing the following symptoms yet or not, is probably a good candidate for replacement, before you find yourself facing a sudden breakdown.

Constant Noisy Operation

One of the goals of air conditioning manufacturing today is to design systems that operate as quietly as possible. So if you start to really notice noise coming from the air conditioner, it means something is wrong. Just one odd sound here or there is likely indicative of a repair need. But if you’re continually hearing things like grinding and clanging, your system is probably wearing down and it’s time for a new one.

Your Cooling Bills Are Too High

“Wait, isn’t that subjective?” Well, sort of. But when we say “too high” we mean in comparison to what you paid last year, as well as what your neighbors pay. If your bills contrast those factors too much, then it’s very likely that something is disallowing your air conditioner form performing as efficiently as it once did, and if we’re talking about an aging system, it’s likely time for an upgrade.

Your Repair Costs Are Too High

It’s pretty rare that a cooling system will escape repair needs during its entire service life. But there is a point in which it is no longer worthwhile to keep paying for repairs, rather than just replacing the system. As a general rule of thumb, if your next AC repair or set of cooling system repairs is going to cost half of what an upgraded AC system would, then it probably makes more economical sense to go with the upgrade.

If you’re still unsure whether replacement is necessary just yet or if you can get by with another repair, the best thing to do is give our pros a call. We’re happy to help you make an educated decision

At Smart Choice Heating and Air, we are “Dedicated to Great Service, Clean Air & Happy Homes.” Contact us today for quality AC services in Anaheim, CA and beyond.

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