5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs to Be Replaced


It’s August and that means your air conditioner has been working hard … and it’s not going to get a break any time soon! Do you trust that it’ll get you through the rest of Portland’s summer heat? Deciding to invest in a new home cooling system is a significant expense but continuing to pump money into an inefficient air conditioner isn’t a great alternative. Don’t worry about your AC dying during a heat wave! Know the signs and replace your system before you’re left with a hot house and a cranky family.

How will you know it’s time to replace your AC?

Sign #1: Strange sounds

Odd sounds —whether a new occurrence or something you’ve been hearing for a while —are not a normal sign of an aging AC unit. Grinding or squeaking noises shouldn’t be ignored. Properly functioning cooling systems should run quietly. An upgrade is likely required if your air conditioner is unusually audible.

Sign #2: High bills

Have your energy bills skyrocketed recently? If so, your home cooling system may be working excessively hard to keep your house at the desired temperature. Your utility expenses can be affected even if your home isn’t reaching a comfortable temperature. Air conditioners with a low SEER ratingcost much more to operate than new models, which are rated between 13 and 25. By replacing your old AC unit with an efficient model, you’ll enjoy lowered bills (and a cooler house!).

Sign #3: AC is older than 10 years

With regular maintenance, most air conditioner models will last around 15 years. However, if your system is older than 10 years but requires expensive repairs, then replacing it is likely the most cost-effective solution. The trusted HVAC professionals at Comfort Heating & Cooling can assess your current unit and help you determine if a repair makes financial sense or if you’re better off installing a new system

Sign #4: Repairs

If your air conditioner frequently breaks down or you’re facing a major repair, it’s probably worth it to weigh the costs of the repair work against the purchase of a new AC unit. Plus, you may be noticing other signs of trouble, such as reduced air flow or the system never turning off. If your unit is facing any additional signs of aging listed here, then it’s very possible you shouldn’t sink any more money into a failing air conditioner. Stop stressing out and save money by updating your unit.

Sign #5: Uncomfortable home

If certain areas of your home are uncomfortable no matter what temperature you set the thermostat to, then your air conditioner may be aging or improperly sized. Make sure your unit is doing the job it’s supposed to do! Why settle for rooms that are too warm or too cold?

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Upgrade Your Home Cooling System Today!

Don’t let your home comfort suffer. If your air conditioner is showing signs of needing to be replaced, call Comfort Heating & Cooling’s friendly HVAC experts at 503-679-9276. We’ll quickly assess your system and let you know if it can be repaired again or if you’re better off installing a new system. We’re skilled at installing and servicing a wide variety of home cooling systems, including air conditioners, heat pumps, and ductless heat pumps

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As the Portland’s leader in AC repair, service and installation, Comfort Heating and Cooling is proud to offer reliable, efficient and affordable solutions that will keep your family comfortable when temperatures soar. Call 503-679-9276 to schedule an emergency appointment! Whether you need regular AC maintenance to keep your system running smooth, a repair as the thermostat rises or the installation of a new air conditioning system, our certified experts are committed to making a fair assessment your needs and offering affordable energy efficient AC recommendations.

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