Signs of an AC System That May Need Replacing
As the weather warms and spring leads to another blistering hot summer, it’s vital to check the air conditioner and see if it will make it through several months of brutal heat or if it’s likely to break down right when needed. Here are a few signs that might indicate it’s time to get a new AC just in time to combat the summer heat. Once one of these signs is noticed, a professional must check out the air conditioner to ensure it can keep the home cool this summer.
An Old and Aging Unit
Air conditioning systems are built to last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on how often it is used, how regularly it is maintained, and the particular make and model. In the long run, pushing an air conditioner beyond its limit may cost more repairs and cooling costs overall.
An old AC may not be worth keeping, mainly because the combined amount spent on repairs and the rise in energy bills may be about the same or more than the cost of replacing it. A new air conditioner is more likely to function flawlessly and less prone to breakdowns and emergency repairs, which homeowners should consider before the weather gets too hot to be inconvenienced by a lack of air conditioning.
It Has Become Energy Inefficient
Time wears down everything, and AC units are no less susceptible to time and wear and tear. As air conditioners age, they lose energy efficiency, which translates to higher energy bills. While there may not be anything that can be done to stop aging from taking its toll on an air conditioner’s energy efficiency, it’s possible to prolong an AC system’s life and slow down its decline in efficiency by conducting scheduled maintenance, cleaning the system regularly and keeping the home and the AC’s environment clean and low in dust and debris.
While aging is one common culprit of an AC unit’s decline in energy efficiency, other causes must not be discounted. Air conditioners can also run up the energy bill because of a malfunctioning or broken component or lack of essential maintenance. When homeowners notice the inefficiency of their AC through the utility bills, an HVAC contractor can inspect the system and find the cause to determine whether repair or replacement is in order.
Insufficient Cooling Power
There are many possible reasons why an AC system may not cool a space effectively. Some of the most common causes include a refrigerant leak, a condenser unit that is blocked with debris, dirty evaporator coils, a damaged compressor, a thermostat that is making inaccurate temperature readings, an AC that is too small for the space it is supposed to cool, and poor AC maintenance.
While some of these problems can be fixed by repairing or replacing a part, replacement may be the correct solution. Other factors like age and efficiency may also affect the decision to stick with an old AC or install a new one. If it’s more cost cost-effective to install a new AC or if the old unit is beyond repair, then it’s time to consider an AC replacement.
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