Here’s how to tell if it’s time to replace your AC unit

If you’ve ever experienced the hot, humid summers here in South Louisiana, you know that your air conditioner is worth its weight in gold. Homeowners here in Lockport, LaPlace, and St. Rose rely on their cooling system to keep them cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Yet, how do you know when it’s time to replace your AC unit instead of having it repaired?

Dufrene's can replace your AC unit this spring before the weather heats up.

If your older air conditioner is struggling, consider having the experts at Dufrene’s replace your AC unit this spring before the weather starts to really heat up.

In this article, we’ll review the signs that you should replace your AC system this spring. For a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier or Trane air conditioner, contact our team here at Dufrene’s Heating & Cooling. Or, give us a call at (985) 532-5841.

How to tell if it’s time to replace your AC unit

What’s that sound?

Loud noises that coincide with your AC unit running should be a cause for concern, especially if it is a grinding or rattling sound. A well-functioning air conditioner should be relatively quiet, outside of the normal sound of air flow. Those unusual sounds may be telling you that your older AC unit is on its last legs. You need to have a technician from Dufrene’s come out to inspect your system, as soon as possible.

It’s the repair person, again

Sure, you can have your air conditioner repaired, but if you’re seeing more of our repair technicians than some of your closest friends, it may be time to replace your AC. The more repairs you have, and the more those repairs cost, the more beneficial it is to upgrade to a new air conditioner. After all, you’re pouring money into an unreliable system: why not just make the switch to a new one, backed by a manufacturer’s warranty from Carrier or Trane?

Your system is getting up there in age

Like any other appliance, air conditioners do have a life expectancy. Most units can last ten to fifteen years, and if you have had yours for at least that long, you may be due for an upgrade. While there is some expense with replacing your AC, you can also expect lower energy bills, thanks to a better SEER rating and better efficiency.

The humidity is on the rise

Humidity is one of the factors that makes warm air more uncomfortable, and an AC unit works to remove some of that moisture from the air indoors to keep you cool. But, what happens when your air conditioner isn’t working like it should? Well, for one, you could see an increase in humidity in your home, which could make your home feel even warmer than it actually is. At intense levels, excessive humidity could lead to mold growth, which in turn could affect your indoor air quality.

Are you ready to feel cool again?

Need cooling advice you can trust? Dufrene’s Heating and Cooling can help you with repairs and new air conditioning installation here in South Louisiana. For a free in-home estimate on a new Trane or Carrier air conditioner, call our team today.