Signs Its Time To Replace Your AC
Unfortunately, there comes a time when no matter how well maintained your AC system is, you will need AC replacement. An AC system that can no longer keep you comfortable or needs frequent repairs can only lead to increasing issues. Replacing your air conditioner can be a major investment and is a decision most do not take lightly. It is best to replace your AC before your system completely breakdowns on a day when you need it the most. Not sure if it is time for AC replacement, here are some signs that its time to replace you AC system.
The Department of Energy recommends replacement every 10-15 years. You can expect a well-maintained AC system to last about 15 years. Modern AC systems are durable, but vital components will eventually start to deteriorate. Furthermore, your AC needs expensive repairs and it is more than 10 years old, it will make more sense to replace it. If your AC system is getting to the end of its lifespan, start planning for its eventual replacement.
Your AC uses R22 Refrigerant
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, most likely it uses R22 refrigerant. R22 is not only outdated but has been found to have negative effects on the environment. The US EPA is phasing its use out and since January 1, 2020 it is no longer produced. Eventually, you will have to replace your ac to switch over to the new refrigerant like R410A. If your current R22 AC needs costly repairs especially if it needs more R22, it is a good time to replace. Upgrading to a new system will not only reduce your carbon footprint but lower your monthly energy bills as well.
Anytime you are facing a costly repair especially with an older AC, you should consider repair costs vs. replacement. If the cost of the repair would cover a large part of anew system or is more than half the cost of a new AC, it is time to invest in anew one. All air conditioners will need repairs from time to time, but if it’s a costly repair and your AC is showing other signs in this guideline, most likely it makes more financial sense to replace it. Keep in mind, even if it is not a costly repair, if your system is constantly breaking down, the money spent on service calls and repairs will add up and it does not make sense to keep making them for an older system.
Inefficient Air Conditioner
An inefficient air conditioner will result in high monthly energy costs. If your energy bills are increasing even though your air conditioner use has not changed, it means your ac is running inefficiently. If your current air conditioner has a low SEER rating, it can be costing you a lot to operate. Overtime, as the system ages, your system’s efficiency will decrease especially if it has not been properly maintained. Regular maintenance can increase the lifespan of your system, but eventually it will need to be replaced. New air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 13, helping you reduce energy costs.
An aging air conditioner will have trouble keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. This could be a sign of an aging air conditioner, clogged filters, low refrigerant, damaged ducts, or serious component failure. It could also be a sign of an improperly sized or installed system. This may be the case if you had a major addition built and your air conditioner is not properly sized to fit your home anymore. You will need to reevaluate your cooling needs by possibly installing a new system. Furthermore, a properly functioning air conditioner will also help manage humidity levels. If you feel your home feels muggy, your air conditioner may not be properly dehumidifying your home. In either case, if your system is not keeping you comfortable you will want to replace it with a system that will.
Your air conditioner can have a significant impact on your indoor air quality. Along with delivering cool air, your air conditioner also provides proper ventilation. If you have noticed mold, mildew, or an increase in humidity or dust in your home, you air conditioner most likely is not ventilating properly and should be replaced. Dust buildup in your home can cause problems with your HVAC system. When your HVAC system is working properly and efficiently, your system should also improve indoor air quality by removing dust, dander, and other debris. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or other respiratory conditions, it is especially important to make sure your AC is not contributing to poor indoor air quality. You will want to call a professional who will help you determine if it is an issue that can be repaired or replacement is needed.
Odd, unusual smells coming from your HVAC system could be as simple as dust burning off, but you will want to have your HVAC system inspected immediately. Odd odors could be a sign of wiring malfunctions or mold in your system. If you smell smoke or burning, when you run your air conditioner, most likely your air conditioner is on its way out and you may need to replace it. A good idea is to have your system properly maintained so that small issues can be detected before they damage the entire HVAC system.Contact a professional who can help you decide between getting repairs or an ac replacement.
A well-maintained, properly functioning air conditioner should operate relatively quietly. However, as components age, they may begin to make odd sounds such as grinding and squealing. Some sounds can be a sign a serious issue with your compressor, coil or blower in your system. If you notice any unusual sounds its best to contact a professional for an inspection immediately.
Give us A Call
Call LA Construction Heating and Air today at 818-341-3406 or contact us online to explore your AC replacement options. If you have noticed any of these signs with your AC system give us a call so we can help you through ac replacement that best fits your needs and budget. We offer free estimates and can offer solutions to keep you comfortable at home. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.
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