We understand that the thought of replacing your AC unit can be quite daunting, especially if you are worried about the costs however we feel it is our job to help you recognize when it is time to replace your AC unit.
Replacing your favourite electrical items is always unfortunate, however, in the long run, it will be more beneficial for your comfort and safety. So, the question is how do you know it is time to replace your current AC unit?
Five signs that it is time to replace your AC unit:
What age should you draw the line and replace your air conditioning unit? Surprisingly there is a debate on what is deemed as “old age” for an AC unit. There are those who say ten years, some say fifteen years, some even say twenty, but who is right? We believe that the golden rule in deciding if your unit is outdated is when you have let your AC unit outlive its lifespan. The main sign is if you start to notice your unit is experiencing constant faults (even if they are quite common), or something seems off about your unit. It may be time to upgrade if your unit is reaching the recommended replacement age, if you are unsure, then you can seek advice from a professional technician who will tell you if it is time for a replacement.
2. Your AC unit seems to be using a lot of energy
Have you noticed that your energy bill is much higher than usual? If so, then higher energy consumption from your AC system is a typical sign that you should look into replacing your AC unit. Purchasing a replacement air conditioning unit may feel costly, but if you compare it against your increasing energy bills, it actually works out that you will save money in the long run. The increased energy usage could be due to a fault in the mechanism, or old age.
3. Frequent Repairs
Deciding between replacement and repair can be quite frustrating, however, if you keep experiencing frequent malfunctions then maybe it is time to consider replacing your AC unit? Even with regular maintenance of your unit, it is an inevitable fact at some point you will have to upgrade your current air conditioning unit. If you add up the cost of the repairs, then the amount may be equivalent of a newer, more efficient unit. We understand that it may seem more financially feasible to have your unit repaired. However, if your AC system is quite old, then you may have to pay more, in the long run, to have it fixed depending on the fault. So, rather than wasting money on frequent short-term repairs (especially if your AC is outdated), it may be beneficial to you to purchase a replacement unit.
4. Your home doesn’t feel cool
Are you running your air conditioning unit all day long, but your home feel consistently hot? Then, this is a sign that you may need to replace your AC unit. The unfortunate thing with AC units is that when they start to age or surpass their “sell by date,” they often become ineffective in cooling your home. Running your AC unit frequently will cause your energy bill to increase, as we mentioned in the above point, which results in you losing money.
5. Noise Levels
Has your AC unit started to make irregular sounds, or is it noisier than it used to be? If you hear squeaking, grinding or chattering noises, then this is definitely not normal. Please note that if your AC system is making unusual noises, it is not always a sign of an ageing air conditioner. If your AC unit seems to be growing in sound, then it is time to replace your system.