When their home experiences cooling problems, most homeowners conclude that their air conditioner needs repair, which is often true. But there are also occasions when an AC unit needs replacement. An air conditioning system should only be replaced after an HVAC technician inspects it. But it is helpful for homeowners to know when replacement is probable. If your home AC system experiences one or more of the following five signs, it may be time to replace it:
Your House is Inexplicably Hot
If your house is hot as your air conditioner runs, it may a sign that your air conditioner’s compressor is going out. In newer units, replacing a compressor may be justified considering the remaining lifespan of the other parts. But when a unit has exceeded its lifespan, replacing a compressor is usually a waste of money.
Your Energy Bills Have Spiked
Like other types of machinery, AC units can become less efficient with age – a phenomenon that can saddle homeowners with higher than normal electric bills. Some homeowners persist with an inefficient air conditioner to avoid paying for a new one. But mounting electric bills can soon amount to far more than a new unit.
The Unit is Over 10 Years Old
The lifespan of most air conditioners is 10-15 years shorter than the lifespan of most furnaces, due in part to their exposure to the elements. When a unit is over 10 years old and experiences a problem, many technicians suggest replacing it immediately. Although replacing a unit when it experiences a single problem may seem hasty, certain problems can signal the beginning of a swift decline.
The Unit has Continuous Leaks
Leaks are one of the most common repairs for home AC units. But when a unit becomes old enough, it can develop too many leaks to repair affordably. If a technician inspects your unit and is unable to locate all of its leaks, or if repairing the leaks would bring an exorbitant repair bill, putting your money toward a new unit instead of repairs is the best choice.
The Unit Needs Continuous Repairs
Many homeowners perform too many repairs on old HVAC equipment, thinking that just one more fix will do the trick. If you are repairing an old AC unit to avoid paying for a new one, the unit will eventually quit and your investment in its repairs will be worthless. Financing a new unit is far better than continuously repairing an old one.
Bardi Specializes in Air Conditioning Replacement and Repair
Replacing an AC unit is an important decision that should be made only after a careful inspection of your unit. Bardi Heating and Cooling can provide this inspection, and tell you for certain whether your air conditioner should be repaired of replaced. A carrier of York Air conditioning equipment and an employer of NATE certified technicians; we have the equipment and expertise that you need in an HVAC company. To have your furnace or air conditioner inspected for repair or replacement, call us today.