At J&W Heating and Air + Plumbing, 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.

Lack of Cool Air & Limited Airflow. This is probably the most obvious sign that your AC is experiencing issues

  • Buildup of moisture
  • Strange sounds
  • Foul smells
  • High energy bills
  • It’s not dehumidifying your home
  • Needs frequent repairs
  • It runs Non-Stop
  • It’s noisy
  • 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 + Plumbing in Jacksonville, FL, are on call 24/7 all year round.

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