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Is It Time to Replace Your Window AC? Signs It's Reached the End

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Your window-mounted air conditioner has probably been a lifesaver on more than one occasion. It helps to keep you cool on hot days, circulates fresh air, and reduces humidity. However, like all home systems, its days are numbered.

Read on to learn about the signs that it may be time for a window AC replacement and how QRC can help. 

Signs Your Window AC Unit Needs Replacing

Summers in Winston-Salem are hot and humid. Many of us rely on the cool air provided by our AC systems to offer a refreshing respite from the heat. When your AC system starts to fail, it may be time to consider replacing it to avoid an untimely breakdown.

You’ll know when to replace your window AC if you experience one or more of these issues. 

Your system is old

A window AC unit can last five to ten years — or longer with regular maintenance. If your system is over five years old and showing signs of wear and tear, it’s time to consider a replacement.

It’s blowing warm or weak air

Blowing weak or warm air indicates a failing blower motor, a refrigerant issue, or a blockage in the system. If you’ve had this issue for some time, it may be wearing down other components and you’re heading toward a breakdown. 

It’s making loud and odd noises

It’s normal for your AC unit to make some noise, but if you’ve recently started hearing loud or odd noises like grinding or hissing, you likely have a system that needs repair. 

It’s giving off strange odors

Algae and mold can grow inside your system, especially if your condensate drain pan is clogged or not draining properly. This can produce a musty smell and also present a health threat as the AC unit circulates spores throughout your home. 

Burning smells can indicate an electrical issue, such as damaged wires or faulty components. A foul smell like decay often means an animal has died near or inside your system.  

Frequent repairs

The above signs may not mean you need a replacement. However, if your system needs frequent repairs, it’s likely more cost-effective to get a replacement rather than have it repaired again.

The Benefits of Upgrading Your Window AC Unit

Replacing your air conditioner may seem like a hassle, but there are significant benefits to a new window AC unit

An upgraded window AC ensures cool, refreshing air for years to come. Choose an energy-efficient model to help decrease operating costs. Plus, a new system likely has better technology to improve overall cooling in your space. 

Choosing the Right Replacement Window AC Unit

There are a few things to consider when choosing a window air conditioner replacement. Consider the following window AC buying guide:

  • Know your coverage area: Ensure you’ve properly estimated the cooling output for your needs. If your unit is too powerful, it can use more power than you need. Too small and you won’t be able to cool your space. 
  • Window type: The size, type, and shape of your window can impact the installation process.
  • Power needs: Outlet capacity (120v or 240v) and location impact installation, especially if that outlet already has a power-hungry appliance plugged in. 
  • Smart features: Consider a unit with smart features to take advantage of modern conveniences, such as app control, set temperature, and time programming.

DIY vs Professional Window AC Installation

Depending on the unit and your skillset, you can generally DIY your window AC replacement. That said, window AC installation is often not as straightforward as it seems. The window choice plays a big role in the overall efficiency of your cooling system. Over time, the window frame can show signs of wear from supporting the weight of the unit. 

Hiring a professional for window AC replacement ensures you get the best size and type of unit for your space. Count on the team at QRC to provide full-service assistance. We’ll help you choose the best window to maximize the cooling efficiency and ensure the unit is safely and correctly installed. 

We take home comfort seriously, and it shows in our top-quality service and installations. Installing a window AC unit typically takes less than four hours. Our installation process includes testing and calibration to ensure proper operation and efficiency. 

Disposing of Your Old Window AC Unit

It’s important to understand the regulations surrounding the disposal of AC units and other household appliances. AC systems, along with clothes dryers, freezers, and refrigerators, are considered white goods in Forsyth County.

Choose QRC for our EPA-certified window AC installation specialists and enjoy our comprehensive start-to-finish service, which includes the safe removal of your old window AC.

QRC For Your AC Needs

Window AC units are an economical way to cool your home without the disruption of installing ductwork or running indoor/outdoor systems. When you need air conditioning replacement and installation services, look no further than QRC, serving Winston and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about window AC replacements or to schedule service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any special tools or equipment to replace a window AC unit?

Replacing a window AC unit requires several tools and equipment. Depending on your current setup and where you decide to install the system, you’ll need a level, measuring tape, cordless drill, and stud finder. If your window isn’t strong enough to hold the weight of the unit, consider installing a support bracket first.

Can I install a window AC unit in any type of window?

No. While AC units are designed to fit most windows, vinyl windows are usually not strong enough to support the unit’s weight. Window AC units are best for double-hung windows with a bottom sash or ledge for the system to rest on.