How to Tell if It’s Time to Replace an AC
Air conditioners are essential to creating a comfortable home, especially when the weather heats up during summer. But ACs do get old, break down, and at some point, have to be replaced, so it’s important to ask the following questions to see if it’s time to replace an AC before the unbearable heat of summer sets in.
How Old is the AC?
Air conditioning systems are generally durable, and most AC units are built to last for years. The average air conditioner has a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years, depending on the type, make, and model. This range could vary even more based on the frequency of use and maintenance, so if an AC is starting to act up and is also within this age range, it might be time to consider a replacement.
Old air conditioning units are more prone to breaking down frequently as daily use takes its toll, and wear and tear is inevitable. While routine maintenance slows down the effects of aging, homeowners have to decide on getting a new AC at some point. This is usually best done in spring before the heat of summer sets in and to prevent the old unit from breaking down when needed most.
Does it Still Run Efficiently?
As air conditioning units age, they lose energy efficiency, which can lead to increased energy bills. This is due to the wear and tear of the components over time. Additionally, the efficiency of an air conditioner can suffer due to faulty parts or poor maintenance. For instance, the refrigerant and ductwork can leak, and the filters and coils can become dirty, leading to inefficiency.
These factors cause the AC to work harder to cool the home, increasing energy consumption and utility bills. In some cases, an inefficient air conditioner may indicate it needs replacement, while in others, it may just need repair or maintenance to improve energy efficiency. An HVAC contractor can inspect the system and advise homeowners on the best solution.
Does it Cool the House?
Air conditioners that no longer cool a space adequately may bring the question of replacement to the forefront again. There are many reasons why this may occur. An AC that is too small for the space will not be able to cool properly and needs to be replaced. However, many other issues can cause issues with cooling, including a malfunctioning component like a thermostat and neglected maintenance like a dirty evaporator or condenser coil.
Insufficient coolant and any defects in the compressor or other parts of the AC are all possible reasons for inadequate cooling. An HVAC technician can identify and address any possible causes and fix the problem, or it might be time to consider a new air conditioner installation.
About Vetted HVAC Services
Vetted HVAC Services is a plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical company serving Yorkton, SK, and the surrounding areas. They provide flat rate pricing, fast response, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for air conditioning replacement and installation in Yorkton, SK.
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