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Author: laura | October 4, 2016

When Should I Get A New Air Conditioner?

Do You Ask Yourself This Question Too?

We hear it all the time, “When should I replace my AC unit?” We understand AC replacement is nothing that anyone wants to think about; however, it’s better to be prepared for such an expense by recognizing the warning signs.


“It’s Aging Like My Great Grandmother”

The general rule of thumb is if your system is 10+ years old, then it’s time to consider replacement. Cooling systems that are older than 10 years are far more susceptible to breaking down during the dead of summer when they’re forced to work overtime. As AC equipment ages, the parts that include wiring can deteriorate and all together shut down.


My Bills Make Me Want To Pull My Hair Out!

If your AC unit doesn’t seem to be running as efficient as it used to or if you’re noticing a steady (or sudden) increase in your energy bills, then your AC probably lost the gusto behind its efficiency. Older models of ac units have proven to not be the most efficient, but today’s air conditioning systems and far more energy efficient and can save you money on your monthly energy bills. The initial investment in a high-efficient, air conditioning system will cost more than a single stage air conditioning unit, but they can pay for themselves in just a few years. In fact, a newer, energy-efficient air conditioner can save you as much as 20%-40% on your energy bills. Year after year, this translates to significant savings, making the initial investment well worth it!


I’m ALWAYS Getting It Repaired

As your cooling system ages, you’ll probably notice more frequent repairs, including major parts like the motor or air handler. When the repair costs are mounting, or you’re facing a very expensive repair, a repair verses replacement calculation should be performed.  Bottom line is if your air conditioning system constantly needs repairs or if the cost of AC repair is a third or more of a new unit, it’s time to replace the old one.


Now What?

Since you know the warning signs, it’s time to decide if you want to take your chances and wait until your air conditioner completely breaks down or if you want to avoid the hassle, discomfort and costs associated with an older cooling system by calling a professional to discuss your AC replacement options.


How Do I Find “The One”?

If the above AC replacement warning signs sound familiar, then the next step is choosing an HVAC company that will help you decide what type of cooling system is best for your home.  When choosing an air conditioning installation company, it’s imperative you hire a trusted partner with experience in home cooling systems.  Capital Heating & Cooling specializes in residential, air conditioning systems and our technicians are experienced in installing all types of AC equipment, even under the toughest circumstances.

The right air conditioning system makes the world of difference when it comes to reducing your energy bills, maximizing comfort and providing good, indoor air quality. To identify the best cooling solution for your home’s layout and your budget, consider the following:



We all know summers in Wisconsin can be hot, sticky, sweaty and muggy. The right HVAC system should not only keep you cool, but it should also address the humidity levels in your region, which is critical to help prevent mold in your home.


Size of Your Home

Improperly-sized ac units will cause problems, like cycling on and off or constantly running but never reaching the desired temperature. Your home’s layout matters too. Whether you have a single story home, multi-level house, open concept or structured and sectioned, all cooling systems do not work the same for varying home layouts. It’s important to speak with an experienced, home comfort consultant to determine which system will work most efficiently for your home.


Duct Work

If there are areas in your home that don’t have duct work, you may want to consider installing ductless AC equipment to isolate cooling temperatures for those areas.


Your Budget

When making important home purchases, money is always a factor. Whether you’re looking for a new AC system manufactured by industry innovators  or you just need something that’s middle-of-the-road and reliable, we’ve got a solution for you! More importantly, our HVAC financing ensures you’ll never have to sacrifice quality due to cost. With keeping a realistic budget in mind, you’re off to a great start!


Keeping all these things in mind, and knowing that a trusted, heating and cooling partner is conveniently located throughout southeastern Wisconsin, be sure to give us a call when you’re ready to make the move and treat yo self to a new AC unit!


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