How To Tell If Your AC Unit Needs To Be Replaced

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At J&W Heating and Air, we’re familiar with AC emergency breakdowns, and we know that the malfunction or breakdown of a home or office cooling system can be uncomfortable and dangerous, compromising the quality of the air you breathe. You don’t want to be caught off guard, in the midst of a heatwave, with your AC unit breaking down on you at a most inopportune time.  So how do you know if you need Air Conditioning Repair or Air Conditioning Replacement?

How To Tell If Your AC Unit Needs To Be Replaced

Have you noticed some hot spots in your home or have your electrical bills been unusually high when you run your home cooling system? These are possible signs that your AC unit may need to be replaced. 

  1. Lack of Cool Air & Limited Airflow. This is probably the most obvious sign that your AC is experiencing issues
  2. Buildup of moisture
  3. Strange sounds
  4. Foul smells
  5. High energy bills
  6. t’s not dehumidifying your home
  7. Needs frequent repairs
  8. It runs Non-Stop
  9. It’s noisy
  10. It’s over 10 years old

What Is the Life Span Of An AC Unit?

Typically AC Units last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. The lifespan of an AC unit will vary, depending on a variety of factors. A key factor that determines the life span of your AC unit is whether or not you have it regularly serviced. Regular checkups and maintenance, big and small, will extend your home cooling system’s life.

Things You Can Do To Extend Your AC Unit’s Lifespan

  • Have your AC unit inspection once a year. Regular inspections will ensure your AC unit operates at its most efficient level and is working when you need it most. 
  • Don’t run your AC night and day, nonstop. Even during the hottest spells, the cost of running an AC unit day or night is far too high. Aside from your bills running high, running your AC night and day without a break, will wear it down and may lead to repairs and replacements before you know it. 
  • Every so often, it’s important that you give your air conditioner a break. This will let the components rest and your equipment will last longer. Here are some tips on how to stay cool in other ways.

How To Stay Cool In Other Ways

  • Keep shades closed to keep out heat
  • Use programming options on your thermostat, this will save you money and extend your unit’s lifespan
  • Only use high-heat appliances such as your oven, dishwasher, and clothes dryer at night
  • Keep a fan on in a room that is occupied. Fans help the body to evaporate moisture, which is what we need to keep cool. 
  • At night, open up windows to create a cross breeze that pairs with your fan, this may permit you to shut off the AC

If you find yourself in a bind and you need emergency repair services for your AC unit, our friendly staff and experienced team of professionals, At J&W Heating and Air in Jacksonville, FL, are on call 24/7 all year round.

J&W Heating and Air
5011 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257
(904) 647-3292

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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool environment.read more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company again.read more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two men.read more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great Job.read more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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