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Unexpected Signs It’s Time to Replace Your A/C

Request an A/C Repair Quote or Installation Quote for Your St. Louis Home

The Meyer Heating and Air team serves the St. Louis area with our family-owned business and a combined more than 30 years of HVAC experience. We think that makes us a pretty good authority on air conditioners in cities like Sappington, Chesterfield, Baldwin, and everywhere in between.

Our knowledge, plus our dedication to customer service and quality work, means your investment goes farther with Meyer Heating and Air than with other HVAC repair companies in St. Louis. So, when it comes to knowing when it’s time to replace your A/C, you can trust us to give you the best advice, uninfluenced by money or hitting sales goals.

If you’re worried your home may be facing an impending HVAC failure, call us to learn more, especially if you’re experiencing one of these unexpected signs it’s time for a new air conditioner.

You’re Noticing Odors Around Your Home

Unexpected smells – not those from kids or pets – should be deemed suspicious and investigated right away. If your air conditioner is functioning as it should, you should never smell any sort of odor emitting from it.

Rule out a gas leak and other sources of odor before settling on it coming from the A/C. The most common scents are musty ones, which can be caused by mold in the system or ductwork. Smoky smells can indicate the unit’s insulation has burned, or other problems are happening within the confines of your A/C.

Your Energy Bills Are On the Rise

It’s easy to attribute a more expensive utility bill to the rising cost of energy. And that may be the case. But if you’re seeing a jump in the amount of money the electric company demands during the summer, then your air conditioner could be the likely culprit.

Older air conditioners already tend to be less efficient than newer ones, and as they age, they get less and less so. The newest A/C units are far more efficient than those sold even eight or ten years ago, so you could actually save money by coordinating an air conditioner installation by Meyer Heating and Air.

Your A/C Still Uses R-22 Refrigerant

R-22, also called freon, is officially not available for importation or production in the U.S. as of 2020. Freon is known to damage the ozone layer, so the Environmental Protection Agency ordered it be phased out starting in 2010.

If, for the past 11 years, you’ve still been operating an A/C using R-22, then it’s past time for a new air conditioner installation. And it’s not just because R-22 is hard to get; it’s also because there are fewer possible repairs that can be done on an air conditioner that uses this substance.

New air conditioning units use R-410A, called puron, and other more environmentally-friendly refrigerants, and will be supported for years to come, unlike freon-cooled systems. Meyer Heating and Air can tell you exactly the type of coolant your system requires and help you determine the best replacement unit for your home, based on its size, location, windows, and more.

Your Unit is Aging

One of the most common A/C-related misconceptions we hear is that as long as your A/C is keeping your home cool, then it’s in good working order. It’s true that HVAC systems technically can last decades with the right care and maintenance, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice to continue operating them. In fact, most units are obsolete within 10 years, and not many make it to the 20-year mark without experiencing an HVAC failure.

If your air conditioner is approaching a decade of service in your home, it’s time to request an estimate for a new system by calling Meyer Heating and Air. Older air conditioners contribute to poor indoor air quality, high utility bills, and frequent requests for A/C repair quotes.

Call Our Heating and Cooling Company in St. Louis

Your home in St. Louis and the surrounding suburbs deserves an air conditioning unit that does more than just limp along.

Our licensed, bonded, and insured team knows that your HVAC system is an investment, so all our installations, services, and routine maintenance are handled by technicians who deliver consistent results at an affordable price. Simply put, Meyer Heating and Air cares about you and your comfort in your home.

To upgrade your system with a new air conditioner, to request an A/C repair quote, or to schedule HVAC maintenance, call us at 314-845-1929.

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