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When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

How do you know when you should replace your air conditioner? While some red flags are more telling than others, there are several reasons why you might need to replace your AC. As your local Naperville HVAC contractor, we’ve put together the following list of signs that indicate it might be time to for an upgrade:

You air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Air conditioning units don’t live forever, so if you know that yours is at least 10 years old, consider replacing it – perhaps with an energy efficient option. If installed properly, a high-efficiency unit can save you up to 20 percent on cooling costs!

Your unit needs constant repairs. If you find that you’re constantly calling a professional to come help you resolve a recurring issue, it might be time for a new system. Also, the more damaged your AC is, the more energy it uses. And when you use more energy to cool your house down, the higher your energy bills become.

Some rooms are too cold. One of the biggest red flags is that some rooms are too cool and others are too warm. When your equipment does not cool rooms evenly, duct problems and poor insulation could be the culprit.

Your home is too humid. Did you know that faulty equipment and leaky ductwork can cause the air in your home to become too humid during the summer? If you feel that the air in your house is more humid than it is dry, replacing your AC can help.

Your unit is noisy. One of the most irritating things about an air conditioner unit is when it gets too noisy. Does yours make a loud sound? If so, you could have an undersized duct system or an issue with the indoor coil of your cooling unit.

Do you need to replace your air conditioner? Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for! Contact the experts at Leslie Heating & Cooling if you recognize any of these red flags. We offer installation services and routine maintenance, and are here for all your emergency needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn even more, give us a call at 630.621.9419 or visit our website.

May 1, 2013 Furnace Efficiency Mandate UPDATE!

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

In January we had the honor to work with CAI-Community Associations Institute ( to provide a webinar regarding the May 1, 2013 efficiency mandate.  For those of you that need a refresher, the Department of Energy (DOE) established a rule that as of May 1, 2013 only high efficiency 90+ AFUE condensing gas furnaces could be installed.  This meant double the cost for a new install along with a myriad of other problems for many of our customers.  As you may be aware there was a pending lawsuit and settlement that would delay the mandate that the courts were deciding to accept.

As of April 5, 2013 the courts have accepted the settlement which has caused the May 1, 2013 efficiency mandate for the northern states regarding non-weatherized gas furnaces to be negated.  In other words folks, it’s off, the DOE will not enforce the rules for the efficiency mandate in the northern states which includes Illinois.  Therefore customers and their contractors can install 80% efficiency furnaces without consequence…for now.

To read a complete statement by the DOE:

For more information regarding the settlement:

Stay tuned for continue developments, for the efficiency mandate is not going away, just delayed.

Leslie Heating & Cooling will continue to monitor the activities surrounding this issue and will provide critical updates to our customers.

Brendan Slifka

Leslie Heating & Cooling, Inc.