Should You Replace Your Central AC?

If your central air conditioning system doesn't sound, look, or function as good as it did in the past, you may wonder if it's more prudent to replace the system soon. If both units in your cooling system fail to meet your expectations, it may be more prudent to replace the entire system. Learn why it may be better to replace your central air conditioning system and how by reading below.

Are Both Cooling Units in Bad Shape? 

Most central air conditioning systems contain two unique but separate units: an indoor evaporative unit and an outdoor condensing unit. Each unit contains specific parts that keep it running smoothly. If one part in a unit experiences a problem, the other unit's parts will also function poorly. 

For example, the outdoor unit contains a compressor motor, a condenser coil, and a start/run capacitor inside it. Each part inside the outdoor unit needs to function properly in order to expel heat out of your cooling system. If the start/run capacitor loses power and fails, the compressor motor will overheat and fail to start up properly when you turn on your cooling system.

The problems in your compressor motor will eventually trickle over to the evaporator unit inside your home. The coil inside the unit will become warm and damp with condensation. Eventually, the coil will build up with blocks of ice and fail.  

If both of your AC units experience the issues listed above or any other problems, consider installing a new central air conditioning system in your home.

Is There a Better AC System For You?

First, contact an air conditioning replacement contractor and request services for your home. A contractor will want to know a few things about your installation, including whether or not you plan to install the same system in your home or something else. Even if your old central AC system is still available on the market, you may want to install an upgraded model in its place. 

Your upgraded model should be more energy-efficient, quieter, and easier to maintain during the year. Some of today's central AC systems also come with advanced smart features. The features allow you to control the temperature settings, startup times, and shutdown times of your cooling system. You can also connect today's air conditioning systems to your home's smart control devices for easier access. 

You may also want to install your new AC in a different area of the home. A contractor may need to retrofit the inside and outside of your home for the new units. For example, if you plan to install your indoor unit inside your basement, a contractor must ensure the room is reasonably dry and cool enough to house a large cooling unit. Moisture and heat can prevent your unit and/or cooling system from operating properly.

If you need assistance with an AC replacement, contact an HVAC contractor today.