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4 Signs You Need A New AC Unit

June 14th, 2017 by Darwilladmin

Wear and tear can be really annoying and always come at the worst time. Time takes its toll on everything. Air conditioning units, blessings to our lives as they may be, are no exception. After so many years of sparing us from the withering noontime heat and uncomfortably warm nights, allowing us to sleep in cool comfort, time will inevitably come for AC units to call it quits.

Luckily, you can prolong a unit’s time or make sure it doesn’t break down prematurely. Routine cleanings and regular service at the hands of an expert technician are just two ways. Repairs, which can be costly, might give your unit a few extra years too. At some point, assuming you can still keep the old unit chugging along, you’ll hit diminishing returns and, unavoidably, it’ll be more affordable to get an entirely new unit.  

Here are 4 signs that mean you’ve hit your limit and need a new AC unit:

Past Its Lifespan

Machines break down. Even mom’s old fridge and that toaster you’ve had since the Mesozoic era will eventually kick the bucket. Machines are rated to last only a certain time. In fact, the most durable ones come with guarantees to last for a certain amount of years, whereas less reliable machines probably don’t come with such assurances.

The cheapest ones might just croak whenever, giving users the element of surprise for added excitement! These guaranteed service lives are marks of quality manufacturing. When your AC unit lasts that long it means it was well built, and on the other hand, it means that its time is about to come.

It’s No Longer Cooling

If your AC unit doesn’t cool the area within a reasonable amount of time, i.e. within a few minutes, then something isn’t right. This could mean poor air flow due to clogged ducts, degraded thermostats or compressors, low freon levels, etcetera. Of course, regular cleaning, servicing, and repairs can get your unit back to shape. However, when it has really kicked the bucket, call an expert to take a look.

Uses Too Much Electricity

When the unit’s components are no longer as efficient, they use more electricity than they should in order to function normally, if they can even still function normally. And if the cost of electricity is rising, or with climate change making general temperatures hotter, your old AC’s power consumption to performance might not be reasonable. More modern, eco-friendly models consume less, which also means you’ll end up saving money in the long run if you buy a newer unit!

It’s No Longer Comfortable

The modern marvel of air conditioning is primarily to bring comfort to our lives. So what happens when the unit fails in that basic function? Water could be dripping all over the place. Combined with the aforementioned inadequate cooling, the accumulation of dirt in places that cleaners can’t reach is also a problem. The noise – you know, the sound of an ancient AC unit’s ambient hum that starts to sound more like a struggle to cling to dear life or mechanical asthma – will also cause annoyance and ultimately discomfort with your unit.

Some people might get accustomed to an older unit. Under any reasonable, ordinary circumstances that could cause health problems if it is not addressed. Mold and fungus can accumulate, not only in the places under the AC unit that get drenched but also within the unit itself. Sure, you can get it cleaned and repaired, but at some point, is it really worth it? Remember, unlike an AC unit, you can’t replace an infected respiratory tract.

Embrace Change

An entirely new AC unit might save you all the trouble and turn out cheaper in the long run than trying to resuscitate your old machine. At some point in time, it’s time to face the inevitable and replace the old unit.   

In a way, getting a new AC unit is like getting a new family member. Be sure to get a good model, an energy saving one, with a good power consumption-to-performance ratio that will keep you cool and comfortable for a long time. Manufacturers have stepped up to the plate and have provided us with lots of models that will suit your needs more than adequately for the years to come.


If you have questions or don’t know where to start to replace your unit, call Thornton Heating Service today at (847) 905-1608. Our expert technicians will help you find the unit that is best for your home.