Just because your air conditioning is functioning doesn’t always mean that the unit is still good. The air conditioning unit could still need to be replaced! When the air conditioning stops completely it can uproot your entire life. Most people are busy with family, work and schedules. When the AC is out you have to stop what you are doing and figure out what needs to be done to repair it as well as find a company that can come out and make the repairs. This can be time consuming and of course it always happens in the middle of the summer months. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can tell if you need a new unit.
Ambient Heating and Air Conditioning has come up with some signs that you can look for to help you decide if you need to replace your unit:
Ten Year Rule: There is a good rule of thumb that you should look into replacing your air conditioning unit once every ten years. Most units are designed to last about a decade, although there are some that can last 20 years, so it is best to look into your unit to know how long yours is intended to last. After about the ten year mark, the air conditioning unit has had some major wear and tear. The more the unit is used, the faster it will run out, so it also depends on the severity of the weather that you have in your area.
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repairs: All air conditioning units need some repairs just like any other appliance in your home. When the unit it maintained regularly and the repairs are done on occasion, your unit can last the desired 10 – 15 years. When the repairs seem to come more often like each time you switch from cooling air to heating air, you may be in need of a new unit. This means that there are parts in the unit that will not be working right and the cost to run it and repair it can be extensive.
High Energy Bill: When you notice that your energy bill has gone up substantially from the last summer, you may need a new unit. This is because the unit is not working as efficiently as it should and therefore wasting energy. The unit will run more often and turn on and off more often which is harder on the unit and your power bill.