HVAC tech meets with homeowner in his backyard to install a new air conditioner.

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s the time of year when people turn on their A/C for the first time. But if your unit doesn’t quite provide the cool, refreshing comfort you need this summer, it may be time to reinvest in a new air conditioner. The experts at RJ Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help you—use our tips below to help decide if you need a replacement.

Air Conditioner Age Is a Top Factor

A properly installed air conditioner generally has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. However, this can vary depending on how often it runs, how often you service it, and if it needs frequent repairs. If your unit is 15 years old or older, you’ve likely been taking care of it. But at this stage, keep in mind that older parts may also be harder to find.

Does Everything Sound Normal on Your Air Conditioner Unit?

Clicking, humming, squealing—these are not noises a homeowner wants to hear coming from their air conditioner.

Most commonly, these sounds stem from a single loose or broken part inside your A/C. However, they could be caused by more serious problems, like a failing compressor or gas buildup inside the system. In either case, your best bet is to turn off the unit and call the professionals at RJ Heating for a professional inspection and repair.

Keep an Eye on Your Energy Bills

Energy costs will fluctuate to a certain degree. But if you find your utility costs higher than previous years, the root cause can often be traced back to a change in energy efficiency—or in this case, a malfunctioning A/C. Sometimes a simple tune-up can help fix some of that, but you may be better off with a new air conditioner altogether. The good news? Today’s systems are more energy-efficient than ever, helping you curb utility costs.

R-22 Refrigerant Means Eventual Replacement

Air conditioner units manufactured before 2010 use R-22 refrigerant to help cool homes. In 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began phasing this out due to safety hazards. Because of that, any cooling units needing an R-22 refill will have to be replaced or retrofitted—or require recycled refrigerant. If you aren’t sure, let RJ Heating’s expert technicians provide guidance.

A New Air Conditioner Brings Reliable Comfort and Peace of Mind

While repair can sometimes be an option for run-down systems, you’ll save money on your energy bills in the long run with a new A/C. Today’s cooling units get better every year both in technology and efficiency. At RJ Heating, we find most homeowners enjoy the peace of mind a new unit can bring.

Ready for a new system? RJ Heating installs and cares for all kinds of air conditioners—including Carrier® models. Call us today to find the best A/C for your Greater Milwaukee home.