The most common question we hear from customers regarding their home cooling systems is: ‘when do I need to replace my air conditioner?'
Although there is no definitive answer, we can tell you that there are certain telltale signs that indicate it’s time to replace your cooling equipment, or improve the performance your current system. Here we’ll cover those clues to help you to know whether or not it’s time to make a refreshing change.
Clue #1: Age
If you air conditioner is more than ten years old you should consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. When installed correctly by a licensed technician, these high-efficiency units can save you up to 20% on your homes cooling costs.
Clue #2: Increasing costs
If your cooling equipment needs frequent repairs and/or if your energy bills have steadily been going up, it’s likely that your cooling equipment may have become less efficient.
Clue #3: Uneven temperature
If certain rooms in your home are too hot or too cold, then your cooling equipment is probably not operating properly. Otherwise, duct problems or inadequate insulation could be the cause.
Clue #4: High humidity
If your home has humidity problems then it’s likely that you either have poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and/or leaky ductwork, which can all cause the air to be too humid during the summer months.
Clue #5: Excessive noise
If your cooling system is getting noisier than usual, you could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.
The best thing you can do to now whether your A/C unit needs to be replaced is to schedule an appointment with a cooling expert from Mr. Furnace. We’ll help you to assess whether it’s time to upgrade, or tell you how you can improve your current system. For example, if no one is home for long periods during the day, we recommend that you get a programmable thermostat installed if you haven't already. The ability to control the temperature of your home in relation to when you are home or away can end up being a significant cost savings over time.
We understand that cooling systems are an investment that we’d all like to hold on to for as long as possible. The best way to do this is to schedule consistent maintenance on your unit done by a professional, preferably before the cooling season begins. Book an in-home consultation with a friendly and experienced Mr. Furnace technician today and stay cool.