Having your air conditioning system suddenly give out on you in the middle of the summer can be a nightmare for you and your family. As surprising as the crash may seem to you, there are actually plenty of signs and indicators that you probably didn’t know to recognize.
Here are some of the key signs that it may be time to replace your old HVAC system with a new one, before you’re left in the heat.
Your A/C System is Over 10 Years Old
Do you know when your air conditioning was installed? The age of your HVAC system is important knowledge, especially if you live in a pre-owned home. Home purchasers typically inspect plumbing, electrical wiring, and structure, but air conditioning isn’t always top of mind.
Even though modern HVAC systems are durable, the major internal components are prone to wear after ten years. It is recommended that you replace your HVAC system every 10 to 15 years depending on how often you use and maintain it.
Older air conditioner units may also require the use of a refrigerant known as R-22, which is outdated and harmful to the environment. Replacing these units with newer ones will not only help you save on repairs and energy bills, but lower your carbon footprint as well.
Your Energy Bill Keeps Increasing
Seasonal changes mean energy bill fluctuations, but those costs should stay relatively consistent year to year. If you’re noticing higher energy bills than is standard for your home, it’s probably a sign that your HVAC system requires either a repair or replacement.
A/C systems experience efficiency decline the older they get, which can become worse if they don’t receive regular maintenance. Routine service can increase the lifespan of your system and keep it running efficiently. At some point, an upgrade is necessary, and looking into high-efficiency units can help you save even more on your energy bills.
Your Home Temperature Isn’t Consistent
Older air conditioning systems have a hard time maintaining a consistent temperature in a home. There are several different issues that could account for this, but here are a few examples:
- An inaccurate or damaged thermostat
- Clogged filters
- Cracked ducts
- Low fluid levels
- Motor damage
If you are noticing fluctuating temperatures or that your air conditioning is struggling to keep up, it is safe to assume that your system isn’t powerful enough to supply air throughout your home. While you might try to ignore the signs, keeping an inefficient HVAC system will just lead to higher energy bills and an uncomfortable home environment. Every home has unique needs based on size, location, layout and beyond. It may be time to find a new air conditioner that is a better match.
You Have Poor Air Quality
It’s not uncommon for your air conditioner to have the greatest impact on your indoor air quality, especially in the spring and summer months when temperatures and allergens are high. Pay attention to any unusual increases in dust, mold, or humidity levels that you can’t account for. This decrease in air quality can be a sign that you have a damaged air conditioner that should be replaced.
You Have Constant Repairs
As is with most things in life, if you’re constantly having to have your current system repaired or parts replaced, it’s probably time to retire it. Repair and service costs can potentially add up to higher expenses than it would be to invest in a new system. If you find yourself in that position, don’t be afraid to talk to an experienced HVAC contractor about replacing your air conditioning.
Keep in mind that all air conditioning systems require repairs every now and again, but if it’s several times a year, it’s time to consider upgrading.
Talk to the Experts About Replacements
There are a wide variety of brands and systems available for you to choose from after you’ve decided that it is time for a replacement. Always consult an experienced HVAC professional to find the best match for your home.
It’s not a great idea to wait for your unit to suddenly break down before you replace it. That can leave you in the difficult position of purchasing a new one when prices are high or the system you’re looking for isn’t readily available. If you pay attention to your HVAC system, you’ll be able to recognize the signs and predict when you’ll need a new one.
If you’re in need of an HVAC unit replacement or would like a consult, reach out to our qualified staff at Ocean Air Conditioning. We have been servicing the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years, with experience with all brand types and unit sizes. Schedule an inspection or quote with us to make sure you’re home is equipped for the summer.