Replacing your air conditioner is expensive, so it’s normal to put it off for as long as possible. However, once you notice your unit is needing repairs more frequently, it’s time to consider getting a replacement. Your AC will not be efficient forever, so it’s important to remember that your unit has a lifespan.
Specialized Mechanical knows how tough it is to decide whether it’s time to replace your AC unit. That’s why we’re here to help San Marcos homeowners through the decision process! Whether it’s time to replace or repair, we’ll help you figure it out.
What’s A Normal Air Conditioner Life Expectancy?
An older AC’s lifespan is about 10 to 15 years. However, a newer, more energy efficient unit can last up to 20 years. Of course, the lifespan of your unit will depend on the maintenance habits you’ve followed over the years.
While a good unit should last you about a decade, there is no hard-and-fast rule for when you need to replace it. Instead, there are a few signs to look out for around this time.
Your Unit Needs Constant Repairs
Why replace your unit when you can fix it, right? Well, when your repairs become too frequent, the bill definitely builds.
If you find yourself calling your technician much too often, it’s probably time to ask whether the next repair will be the last. Even though every appliance needs maintenance, your AC shouldn’t require constant repairs. Generally, your AC should require yearly maintenance and only occasional repairs.
Over time, these repairs will cost even more than a new AC system. If you’re paying about half the price of a new system in repairs, then it’s time to commit to a new unit.
Your Energy Bills Are Rising
If your energy bill seems much higher than it should be, it may be because of an inefficient cooling system. An old AC can be very problematic with inefficiency, but we expect this with such heavy wear and tear.
A home energy audit can prove that your AC is causing your raised energy bills. If you’re trying to make sure that you need to replace your unit, this test can help. It will give you answers of whether an air leak, insulation or an old AC has caused your problem. If you need to get a new unit, try to pick one with an Energy Star logo to boost your home’s efficiency!
There’s Unusual Sounds Or Smells
Burning smells are never good, especially if they’re coming from your AC. Moldy smells can also cause a problem because a more severe issue may be at play. If this is the case, you might need a replacement.
A grinding, rattling, banging or squealing noise is also concerning. A major cause of a loud AC is dust and debris blockage, and another issue can be a faulty compressor. Even though these issues can usually be fixed, a 15-year-old system may be beyond repair.
The best way to prevent these issues is through your annual AC maintenance services. At these tune-ups, technicians can identify and fix these issues at their beginnings before they damage the system.
The Unit Requires R-22 Refrigerant
AC units usually require refrigerant to cool the air, and all AC systems made before January 2010 require Freon, or R-22 refrigerant. This ozone-depleting refrigerant is quite dangerous to the environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires new AC models to use eco-friendly refrigerants. Your AC system will specify whether it uses R-22, and if this is the case, it’s time to buy a new unit.
Your House Feels Humid Or Unevenly Cool
Have you walked from a perfectly cool room into a different, humid room? These uneven temperatures can point toward your AC being inefficient. This may be because your newer AC model is just too small for your home!
If your home feels humid, it’s likely that your old unit needs to be replaced. Air conditioners work through absorbing warm air and removing the moisture before cooling it. If you’re sure that the airflow isn’t obstructed, then it’s likely that you just need a new system.
Professional Carlsbad AC Installation
Is it time for an AC replacement for your home? With Specialized Mechanical’s professional HVAC team, your new air conditioner will be the perfect fit for your house! Carlsbad homeowners are sure to be pleased with our premier heating and cooling services.
Call us today and see the Specialized Difference for yourself!