How do you know when it’s time to replace your air conditioner?
There are some important factors to take into account when deciding whether or not to replace your air conditioner. If any one of these or a combination of these things apply to your air conditioner, then it may be time to replace.
Age. Central Air Conditioning units are designed to last between 15 and 20 years. But if your system is 10 years old or older, there are many reasons to consider air conditioner replacement in Reidsville or at least obtaining an estimate on a new system. As air conditioners age they run less efficiently. And due to advancements in technology, new air conditioners run more efficiently than older systems did when they were new. The money you save on energy costs will make a new system worth the money in just a few years. And as air conditioners age they need repairs more often, which can add up and begin to cost you more than a new system.
Frequent Repairs. Despite the age of your system, if you’ve had to have it repaired more than once in the last 2 years, it may be time to replace it. Frequent repairs can become quite costly and are usually a sign that the system is not running well. If the system seems to be too new for so many repairs, it’s possible the system is not the right size for the house or the system itself could be flawed.
High Energy Bills. If your energy bill has been gradually climbing or takes a sudden jump, it’s a sign that your system isn’t running efficiently. Minor repairs could solve the problem, but may only be a temporary fix. As stated previously, advancements in technology have made new air conditioners run more efficiently than in the past. There is no question that a new system will be more energy efficient than the system you have now.
Inconsistent Cooling. Do some rooms in your home cool better than others? Does it seem that your home doesn’t stay at the desired temperature? It may be time to replace your air conditioner if your home doesn’t stay comfortable. You should not have to keep changing your thermostat to achieve the desired temperature, and your system should not have to run all the time to keep your home cool. If minor repairs cannot correct this, a new air conditioner may be necessary.
Excessive Noise. If your air conditioner is suddenly running loudly or making noises you don’t remember hearing before, it most likely isn’t running properly and could be on its way to a break down. It could mean that minor parts are disconnected and may be an easy repair. But it could also mean that major parts are wearing out and failing. A professional technician can diagnose this for you.
Humidity. If your home seems humid, that is a sign of a problem with your air conditioner. This is also a problem that may be able to be repaired, but it may also mean that the system is on its last legs.
You can use these factors as a guideline, but the best thing to do would be to call a professional HVAC service to evaluate your system. In Reidsville and Eden, Carolina Fuels is an HVAC company you can count on to help you make that decision.