Top Reasons You May Need a New Air Conditioning System
If your air conditioning system is no longer keeping its cool during the summer, experiencing frequent repairs, causing high electric bills, having inconsistent temperatures, running too much, or is just getting near the end of its life, chances are you’re in need of a new air conditioner (AC). Even with regular maintenance, you may reach a point where your system isn’t performing as well as it used to. Here are a few signs that indicate you may need a new central air conditioning system.
While it is normal for an air conditioner to require a new part or to be repaired now and then, repeated breakdowns can indicate that it’s time for a brand new air conditioner. Expensive repairs that are needed regularly are an indication that you need to call a contractor; ask a professional for an assessment of your air conditioner and the likelihood of the AC needing another repair. If the professional says another repair is likely, you should start to think about investing in a new air conditioning system.
There are signs that your air conditioning is not functioning efficiently. If your energy bill seems to get more expensive with every passing summer, your AC may not be operating properly. When an air conditioner seems to be running constantly you are likely paying more each month than you should. A unit that is too small will need to work harder to cool your home, reducing its life and in addition, will never achieve the desired coolness even though it runs often. Leaky ductwork can make balancing the temperature properly nearly impossible so that the airflow is not being distributed evenly to all parts of your home. All levels of your home should be comfortable if the system is cooling correctly. Getting a system that operates more efficiently will save you an average of 30 to 40 percent on your energy consumption. This average is a significant reduction in utility costs. If you are noticing one or more of these signs, it’s most likely time for a system replacement.
The Age of Your Air Conditioner
Another factor to consider when deciding if you need to replace your air conditioning system is the age of the unit. The average life span of an air conditioner is 10 to14 years. If your unit is close to 10 years or older you may want to consider replacing it to meet EPA regulations. Newer air conditioning systems run on environmentally friendly refrigerant. The older air conditioning systems use R-22, a Freon refrigerant, which has been phased out to meet environmental protection regulations. Eventually the only R-22 available will be reused, reclaimed, or recycled from other older systems. Price’s of this Freon refrigerant is skyrocketing to encourage consumers to replace their older systems with newer systems, which run on the more environmentally friendly type of refrigerant, R-410a. This newer refrigerant does not contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer and is better at absorbing and releasing heat making it more efficient. Sometimes the best option is to replace existing units with energy-saving technology air conditioning systems.
If your air conditioner isn’t performing as well as it used to you, now is the time to contact a professional to help you understand when it will be the right time to replace your air conditioning system.