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Everything You Need to Know Before You Replace Your A/C Unit

Absolutely no one enjoys having to get things repaired or replaced. This is especially true for heating and cooling systems. More times than not, these units are located on top of your roof. That makes it extremely difficult to get to and figure out what the problem is. Only in recent years have heating and cooling units been installed on the ground near your home. Due to the fact that most heating and cooling systems are located on top of your roof many of us will just leave it alone until the problem is unsolvable and the whole unit needs to be replaced. This obviously can create problems and cause us to spend a lot of money.

There are no guarantees that something is not going to go wrong with your air conditioner at any given moment. The amount of dirt and debris that your system is subject to is a big factor here in Phoenix. We have a monsoon season that comes with a lot of high winds for our summer months. This can cause many things to go wrong. Thankfully, there are companies like ACE Home Services that can help you with your Air Conditioning Replacement.

There are a few signs that you should watch out for that will tell you it is time for Air Conditioning Repair.

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3 Signs That You Need to Replace Your A/C Unit

Replacing your A/C unit is not what most would consider a good time. The shopping process can be long and a brand new unit costs a pretty penny. That is why most homeowners avoid it for as long as possible. After all, why would anyone spend all that money on an installation when they have a functional system at home? However, if you find yourself in any of the following situations, it may be in your best interest to look into getting your air conditioner replaced soon.


#1 Your A/C Unit Uses R22 Refrigerant (Freon)

The federal government has been working on a complete phase-out of R22 refrigerant (commonly known as Freon) for years. By the end of this year, the phase-out will be complete, and the production or import of it will be illegal. The goal of this So if your system uses Freon, you will want to seriously consider replacing it before next year. Homeowners with units that take Freon can expect to spend a lot more money on repairs in 2020 due to its scarcity. It will also become extremely difficult to find a contractor that carries Freon.

ACE recommends you replace your a/c unit sooner than later in this case. Most people with an R22 unit will be getting a replacement before the end of 2020. That puts you on a long waitlist. If your unit breaks down in the middle of summer, you can expect to go several days before being able to get someone to come out and replace your system.

Not sure if you can afford a unit replacement at the moment? ACE can help! We offer a few financing solutions to our beloved customers. Our only qualifications are straightforward! You must own your own house and you must have a job! It’s that simple! You can take an extensive look at our financing programs here.

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#2 High Energy Bills

If your energy bill is irregularly high, there are many A/C unit related issues that could be the cause. Your filters could be dirty, your refrigerant could below, or your home could be poorly insulated. If you check that all of these are taken care of and your bill is still running high, it is likely that your unit is on its last legs. When a unit gets old and there has been plenty of wear and tear, it has to work harder to keep your house cool. The higher the amount of energy your system uses, the higher your bills are going to cost.

#3 Frequent Repairs

If you find yourself having to constantly get your system fixed, it may be worth it to purchase a new one. HVAC repairs are often very costly. Instead of spending money on fixing an a/c unit that can’t be saved, you could purchase a brand new system that will last you for years to come. Not only will you be saving lots of money in the long run, but you will also have the peace of mind that comes with having a reliable air conditioner that won’t break down on you during these hot summer months in the Valley.

Is it time for you to replace your A/C unit? Give ACE Home Services a call today, and don’t forget our Military-Grade Club for discounts on Phoenix home services!


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3 Common Problems with Old A/C Units

If you have had your a/c unit for more than 15 years, then it may be time to replace it. Air conditioners age with time and can experience significant wear and tear throughout their lifetime, especially in areas of high use, such as Arizona. If you have been experiencing issues with your old air conditioning system, and have had unexpected breakdowns, then it may be time to consider purchasing a newer system. This can help you avoid total system breakdowns and ensure that your is properly air conditioned at all times.

The following are common problems and key factors that signal it is time to replace your old air conditioner with a newer system or model.


#1 Constant Need for Repairs

If your air conditioning system requires repair after repair, then you may want to re-consider where your finances are being spent. After all, if you had your unit for a long time, you are more likely to experience breakdowns and complications. The money you’re putting into repairs could be going towards a new system. HVAC repairs are often costly and inconvenient, so it may be more cost-effective and productive to replace the unit instead of investing in frequent repairs.

#2 Decline in Efficiency

If you notice an unexpected increase and your monthly energy bills, despite not making any changes to your homes appliances or electrical systems, then your air conditioning system may be to blame. Over time, parts wear down and energy efficiency begins to decline. Whenever there’s damage within the system, whether it’s to the compressor or the fan, it can affect the efficiency of the unit. This results in increased energy usage and higher monthly bills. In addition to this, A system that is over 15 years old was probably not designed to be as efficient as of the current makes and models on the market today.

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#3 Dissatisfactory Performance

As your air conditioning system ages, and parts begin to wear down, your units performance may noticeably decrease. If you feel like your unit it’s no longer cooling your home at a satisfactory rate, or performing to the standard you prefer, then it may be time to invest in a new system. The expense of performing regular maintenance and repairs on an older unit, in conjunction with time and energy, may not be worth it overall.

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Turn to ACE Home Services for All of Your A/C Needs

If your air conditioning system is showing any of these signs, then you should consider replacing it with a new system that can operate efficiently and effectively. Even better, it can even save you money in the long run! If you have any questions about advancing to a new system, call your friends at ACE Home Services at (602) 428-3341  to schedule a service call.


Signs to Determine if you Should Repair Your A/C Unit

In Arizona, we all usually prefer staying indoors and cool rather than outside and hot during the summertime. Even in the winter our heating and cooling systems are used to keep us comfortable. If your heating and cooling system is not working correctly then you are not going to be able to remain comfortable in your home with your family. You may need to consider air conditioning repair, or even replacement. There are several signs to look out for that may represent a need for replacement, or air conditioning repair.

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One of the first signs to watch out for is if your air conditioner just stops working. While this may not necessarily mean your air conditioner needs replaced, it may show that your air conditioner is getting older. Phoenix experiences a lot of blowing wind and dust throughout the Valley. This can clog up your air conditioner and wear the parts down more quickly. Thankfully there are HVAC companies, such as ACE Home Services, that are able to help you out whether with air condition repair or replacement.

Here’s another sign, if your home does not feel as cool as it should based upon what you set your thermostat at. You should be comfortable in your home at all times and having your heating and cooling system cool or warm your home to the right temperature is part of that. Not having it at the right temperature could be a sign that your thermostat is not working right. Or your refrigerant level could be off. Either way you should get it checked out.

Be on the lookout if your heating and cooling system just does not turn on. This is one of the clearest examples of something needing to be repaired or replaced. There are so many reasons why your air conditioner is not turning on. The best way to figure it out is to call a company and have them send a technician to your home. It may cost a little bit of money, but the problem will get solved a lot faster with a professional who knows that they are doing.

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Another sign that you may need replacement or repair is if your heating and cooling system is making a lot of noises. There could potentially be something wrong with the motor or fan within your system when this occurs. Unless you know something about air conditioners it is probably better to leave the professionals diagnosing the problem for you. That way you know whether the entire system needs to be replaced or just a specific part.

If you notice that not all of the rooms in your house are cooling down like they are supposed to, it may be a sign that you should replace your conditioner. When cool air is not reaching certain parts of your house, there may be a problem with either your air conditioner or your air duct system. It could also indicate an issue with the thermostat for your heating and cooling system. You want your house at an even temperature, so make sure that you get a technician to your home to check it out.

Conducting air conditioning repair or replacement will also allow you to lower your energy bills. When your air conditioner is not running properly, it uses a lot more energy. This will cause most of your bills to drive up. Getting a technician to come out to your home will make sure that you and your family remain comfortable in your home no matter the time of the year.

Need An AC Unit Quote? ACE Home Services is Here For You

If you have noticed that you are always doing repairs on your air conditioner, or that your energy bills keep going up you may want to consider air conditioning repair or replacement. The best way to learn about this is to contact a home improvement company like ACE Home Services. ACE will come to your home and figure what the best air conditioner for your home is, as well as make repairs if need be. With locations in Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale they are ready to help you with an ac unit quote no matter where you are.


Determining whether or not your HVAC can last a bit longer with a few simple repairs or needs a total unit replacement isn’t the easiest task in the world but it just got a whole lot easier! Take a look at this handy guide on the conditions where a repair will do or the situations where replacement is necessary.


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And just like that, you now know what to ask yourself and look into. There are plenty of factors that go into diagnosing an HVAC and understanding how salvageable it is, but with these guidelines in hand, you should be able to answer confidently what you may need.  Is your HVAC system still efficient and only needed one or two repairs since 2010? Then you’re golden, a simple repair will do.

If you need to repair or replace, or figuring out just what you do need, ACE Home Services does it all! Schedule your service with us today and enjoy the comfort of a working AC in no time!

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