Worried that your air conditioning system isn't working as efficiently as it once did? Are you seeing an increase in your energy costs? It may be time to replace your air conditioner, air ducts, or perhaps your entire system. While air conditioning replacement can be an unexpected cost, it can bring greater comfort, improved energy efficiency, and lower overall utility costs. Below are a few signs that it's time to replace your air conditioner:
It's nearly 20 years old. The lifespan of an air conditioner is about 15 to 20 years. If your unit is nearly 20 years old and isn't working as efficiently as it used to, it could simply be nearing the end of its useful lifespan. Even if you successfully repair it today, you may face more upkeep costs in the future. Also, many manufacturers no longer offer replacement parts or materials for older units.
Additionally, many older air conditioners use a type of refrigerant known as R22. This type of refrigerant is being phased out over the next few years due to environmental regulations. It could become difficult for you to find refrigerant for your older unit, meaning that replacement could be inevitable.
Your energy costs are rising. If you've seen an increase in your home energy prices, it may be due to decreasing efficiency in your air conditioning system. The unit's compressor may not be able to cool air and pump it into your home as efficiently as it once did. It may have to work harder to reach your desired temperature. Advances in air conditioner technology have led to newer, more powerful compressors that are highly efficient. You may be able to significantly reduce your energy costs by replacing your unit. In fact, you may find that you recoup the cost of the unit in energy savings over the course of several years.
You notice excessive dust or noise in your home. Dust and noise can be signs of problems not just in your air conditioner, but also in the duct work. As ducts age, they can develop leaks. Screws may loosen and the seams between the ducts may not be sealed as tight as they once were. Dust escapes through these leaks and enters your home. Also, noise can be a sign that your unit's coil may be deteriorating and working overtime to meet your desired temperature.
Think it may be time to replace your air conditioner? Consult with a heating and air conditioning specialist. They can help you determine whether it's better to repair or replace your system.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.