Trick or Treat: Should You Repair or Replace Your AC Unit?

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What’s scarier than a broken air conditioning or heating unit? The unexpected bills that come with it! Luckily, there’s nothing to fear with AC Designs on your side. We’ll help you discover whether your unit’s spooky sound or ghastly odor requires repair or replacement.   

Common Signs Your AC Needs Repair

Given Florida’s extreme heat during the majority of the year, it is likely that you may encounter the need for AC repair occasionally. There are many common problems that can be solved easily by scheduling a repair service with a trusted HVAC company in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Strange noises coming from your AC unit can often be repaired. If you notice a rattling noise coming from your outdoor unit, there is likely a twig or small branch obstructing the fan’s blades. Make sure your unit is turned off, and then try to remove any blockages from your outdoor unit. 

A grinding noise is a more serious problem that may be caused by issues with your blower fan belt, motor lubrication, or compressor. We recommend calling a certified HVAC tech to inspect your unit and repair the source of this problem.

If your unit is cycling on and off constantly, it may be low on refrigerant, your thermostat may be malfunctioning, or the coils within your unit may be icy or frozen. A unit that refuses to turn on may be due to electrical problems, an overheated compressor, or a blown breaker. These are repairable problems, but we recommend scheduling regular maintenance to avoid these issues in the future. 

The most common repairable AC problems include:

  • Clogged or dirty air filters
  • Poorly-located thermostats
  • Coolant leaks
  • Blown breakers or fuses
  • Clogged drain lines
  • Frozen condenser coils
  • Overheated compressors

Scheduling service with AC Designs can solve all of your AC repair needs. However, the best way to avoid unwarranted repairs is by performing routine HVAC maintenance. A preventative maintenance appointment is a perfect chance for our technicians to locate the source of any issues in their early stages and mitigate them before they turn into a problem later on.

How to Know Your AC Needs to be Replaced

An AC replacement may seem like a trick, but it’s often necessary to avoid further problems and monetary loss. If you have experienced temperature inconsistencies in your home, it’s likely your unit no longer has the power to cool your home efficiently. Minor repairs, like cleaning air filters and replacing thermostats, may temporarily solve this problem. However, as your unit continues to age, it’s a good idea to consider an upgrade.

The most common reason for an AC replacement is old age. Generally speaking, an AC unit approaching the 10-year mark is nearly due for replacement. When deciding between a repair or replacement for larger issues, consider doing a cost analysis. Here’s how:

  1. Take your estimated cost for repair and multiply it by your system’s age.
  2. If this number is greater than $5,000, replacement is usually a better economical choice in the long run.

AC replacements are an expensive investment, but can ultimately save you money down the line. A new unit that is properly maintained will require less frequent repairs and will be more energy efficient. Another advantage of installing a new unit is being able to enjoy improved indoor air quality in your home.

Finding a Trusted HVAC Company in Jacksonville FL

A well-maintained HVAC unit can last for years beyond its expected lifespan. This is why it’s important for homeowners in Northeast Florida to work with a trusted HVAC company for AC repairs and replacements. 

Joining an AC maintenance program is one of the best ways to save money on AC-related bills, extend the life of your unit, and breathe healthier air. As a member of AC Designs’ Preferred Customer Maintenance Program, you’ll receive:

  • 2 pre-scheduled system checks per year
  • Discounts on repairs and diagnostics
  • Priority scheduling
  • After-hours emergency service
  • And more!

Whether you’re in the market for a new unit or in need of repair services, AC Designs is here to help get you back to your comfort zone. Are you experiencing an HVAC issue we didn’t mention? Download our free Repair or Replacement guide for additional information. 

Let us help you avoid any tricks this season. Book an appointment today with Jacksonville’s best family-owned and operated AC company.