4 Signs You Need a Central Air Conditioning Replacement

Boost your A/C efficiency with a home cooling upgrade.

central air Chester County, MD Central air conditioning equipment is one of the more significant purchases you can make for your home. For the average U.S. household, cooling is the single largest consumer of electricity.

If your central air conditioning is getting up in years, it could be struggling to keep your family comfortable and placing a significant burden on your home budget. It’s also likely much less reliable. As we reach the hottest part of the year in Chester County and other parts of central Delmarva, you don’t want to risk a total A/C breakdown. Poore’s Propane and Oil can help you determine if it’s time for a cooling upgrade. Our highly trained and experienced HVAC team can install your new equipment promptly and keep it running for years to come.

Lifespan of a Central A/C System

When properly maintained, a central A/C system can last between 15 and 20 years. However, if your equipment isn’t receiving annual A/C maintenance, its lifespan might be considerably shorter. Additionally, as your system gets older, its efficiency drops. So, upgrading to new, more energy-efficient equipment can make a big difference to your annual cooling costs.

4 Ways to Know Your Central A/C Should Be Replaced

Here are four common warning signs that your central cooling equipment is on its last legs and may need to be retired.

  1. Warm Spots Around Your Home — If your cooling equipment can’t keep your home reliably comfortable, the system could be improperly sized for the space or dealing with a mechanical issue or low refrigerant.
  2. Loud Noises — A well-functioning central A/C system should run relatively quietly. If you’re noticing grinding, rattling, squeaking or other strange noises, it could indicate a significant maintenance issue.
  3. Foul Odors — If you smell stale or sour odors from your A/C equipment, there might be mold buildup. A burning odor could indicate wiring problems.
  4. Increasing Electricity Bills — Do you find that you’re using more electricity each summer even though you aren’t using your A/C more? It could be the result of a decrease in your cooling equipment efficiency.

When to Repair vs. Replace Your A/C

Often, a repair or routine maintenance from the Poore’s team can fix your A/C performance issue. But there are times when replacing your equipment makes more sense, including the following scenarios:

  • The needed repairs cost more than half the cost of new equipment.
  • Your current A/C system has an efficiency rating lower than 13-SEER.
  • It uses R-22 refrigerant, which is no longer produced. Parts for R-22 systems and the refrigerant itself have become quite expensive.

Need a New Central A/C? Call Poore’s!

If you suspect that your central A/C may need to be replaced, get in touch with Poore’s Propane and Oil. Our stellar technicians will look at your current equipment and determine if it can be repaired or if an upgrade is a better course of action. We sell, install and service high-efficiency cooling systems from top manufacturers. We can also help you qualify for any available discounts, rebates, tax credits or other financial incentives.

We don’t want you to settle for expensive, inconsistent cooling this summer. Contact us for an A/C consultation.