The 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About AC Replacement

During the long, hot summer, your air conditioner undoubtedly gets a good workout! However, if it starts to produce unusual noises or odd smells, it’s tough to decide whether the issue dictates you schedule a simple repair, or replace it with an entirely new unit. While you can’t know for sure until a licensed HVAC technician inspects your system, consider these common questions when deciding what course of action is right for you! 

How Important is Maintenance? 

Extremely! During a regularly scheduled maintenance inspection, we will check your refrigerant levels, evaporator coils and examine your system to catch and deal with any minor issues before they turn into major problems. Not only does this save money on repairs, but it also extends your unit’s lifespan! Additionally, performing small maintenance tasks will keep your unit operating efficiently so that it doesn’t become overworked, and you won’t be paying unnecessarily high energy bills! 

What If the Fins are Bent? 

If this is the only issue with your unit, you’re in luck! Bent fins aren’t the end of the world. All you have to do is purchase a fin comb, which is designed to properly straighten your fins out again. However, it is crucial that you turn your AC unit off before performing this DIY job! 

What If My AC Freezes Up? 

This problem is most commonly attributed to restricted airflow. To put your system back on track, turn your unit off as soon as you notice it has stopped working and take a look at the filter. If the filter is clean, check to be sure no furniture or household items are blocking the air return. Remember to always check your filters and vents before calling a professional, as it could easily be a DIY fix! However, if you don’t appear to have an airflow problem, call a technician to test for a refrigerant leak, as this is the second most likely cause for an AC unit to freeze up.

When Should I Replace My Unit? 

Without seasonal maintenance, most units tend to begin breaking down after about seven to ten years; however, with seasonal maintenance, that number can double! If you notice that your unit is getting on in years and needs frequent repairs, or that it can no longer deliver the desired level of comfort without causing your energy bills to suddenly spike, it may be time to consider a replacement. 

Can I Replace my Outdoor Unit but Not My Indoor One? 

There is no simple answer to this question. It is possible to replace your outdoor unit while leaving the indoor one untouched, but incompatible equipment may be less efficient and cost you more on your energy bills. Additionally, a new unit may not use the same type of coolant that your previous system used, which would render the other half of your system useless. All in all, we recommend you replace all parts of your AC at the same time to avoid any mechanical or efficiency issues. 

If you think it’s time to replace your air conditioner, give us a call at (760)-360-2202. Hyde’s has served the Indio, CA area for over 40 years and will happily answer any AC replacement questions you may have!