5 Signs that It's Time for an AC Upgrade

signs that its time for an ac upgradeDo you have a hunch your AC unit isn’t working as well as it should be?

Maybe you’re looking to sell your home or you’re just preparing for the warmer seasons and want to avoid costly repairs.

Read on for 5 tell-tale signs that it’s time to replace your unit with an AC upgrade!

1. The House is Too Hot!

If your home is too hot despite using your air conditioner, it might be time for an AC upgrade, especially with Arizona’s extremely hot summers.

The unit might be underperforming due to dust or debris or lack of routine maintenance.

Additionally, your system might not be powerful enough to cover the square footage of your home. In this case, an upgrade is definitely in order to keep your family comfortable!

2. Repairs are Common

If an AC repairman has been making frequent visits to your home for reasons other than regularly scheduled maintenance on your unit, your AC unit might be in trouble.

Repair costs can add up quickly over the course of the year. If you’re finding that your repair bills coming in faster than you can pay them, it might be time to invest in a new unit.

3. Rising Utility Costs

Speaking of bills, utility system costs can naturally go up during the summer due to increased usage of your AC unit.

However, if you’re seeing higher costs than usual or large fluctuations, it may be a sign that your unit is using too much energy.

An AC unit might run constantly because it can’t keep the house at the desired temperature. This could cause energy bills to go up substantially.

While the above example isn’t always the case, if your unit is always running and bills are on the rise, it’s worth checking into!

4. The System is Old

How old is the AC unit in your home? Was it there when you purchased the house?

AC units have an average life of 10 – 15 years.

Replacing an old system can help cut down on utility and repair bills, as newer systems are known to be more energy efficient and have better parts.

As an aside, a new AC unit can increase the value of your home by 10 percent. This makes an AC upgrade a worthwhile investment if you’re preparing to sell your house.

5. Your Air Conditioner is Just Acting Up

If you’re hearing strange noises coming from your AC unit or noticing increased odors in your home, you should seek a professional opinion on your system.

It might just need a tune-up or quick repair, but these are often symptoms of a failing system.

Is it Time for an AC Upgrade?

If you’re experiencing any of these 5 signs, it might be time to stop getting constant repairs and seek out an AC upgrade!

Have you experienced any other signs of an air conditioner breakdown?

Not sure where to start with shopping for a new air conditioner? Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!


Are you looking for the best AC replacement companies in your area? We’ve got you covered! The HVAC experts at Hays Cooling Heating & Plumbing specialize in reliable, speedy AC maintenance, repair, and replacement!

Call us at (602) 714-8270 or email us to to schedule an appointment! It Pays To Call Hays!

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About the Author

Chris Hays

Founder of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing

Chris and Stacia Hays, are the owners of Hays Cooling, Heating & Plumbing; a family owned and operated HVAC company in Phoenix founded in 2001 that services both commercial and residential customers. Chris leads a team of certified technicians who have over 45 years of combined experience and has earned and A+ rating with the BBB and a strong five star rating online. Hays Cooling and Heating focuses on providing support to their customers every step of the way, with exceptional service and competitive prices. If you are looking for top-notch air conditioning and heating service, contact, Chris or Stacia today at (602) 607-1424.