Common Issues with Older Air Conditioners
As our cooling unit ages, it takes on a lot of wear and tear. Aging symptoms can develop slowly as parts begin to fail, or suddenly on the hottest day of the year. On average, cooling units usually last for around 15 years - which is the age we usually recommend replacement if repair issues start happening.
Here are a few common symptoms that older AC units start developing with age.
Lack of Performance
With age comes wear and tear. Your AC has done a lot of work throughout its lifetime. As parts begin failing, it is common to see an overall lack of cooling performance. Sometimes it takes longer to cool your home, or your unit has to run longer to do the work it used to do in a short period before. Depending on the repair and how energy efficient your old unit is, it may be well worth the investment to simply replace the unit.
Typically, damage to the coil, compressor or fan means your AC has to work harder to keep you comfortable. This overload results in much higher energy use - and in turn, bills. A new, energy efficient AC will work much easier with brand new parts and new energy saving technology.
It goes without saying that the older the AC, the better the chance of a breakdown. If you find yourself making more than 1 service call per year, it may be time to retire your old cooling unit and benefit from a new one. Based on the model you pick, it could very well pay for itself over its lifetime in energy savings alone.
Repair of Replace?
We highly recommend taking proactive steps to ensure your cooling unit doesn't leave you stranded when you need it the most. Annual maintenance is the best approach to keep an eye on your AC. Having one of our experts review your hardware seasonally will help stay up to date on the current condition of your system and help prevent unwanted downtime. Our technicians are highly skilled to spot the signs of an AC failure and will recommend whether it is in your best interest to fix your current unit or replace it.
If you experience any cooling issues this summer, you can reach us 24/7 by booking an appointment online, or by calling us at (204) 953-5700.