Replacing your air conditioner is a major purchase for homeowners. Planning ahead and budgeting for when your system will need updates can help you to avoid stress when the time comes. How do you know when its time to consider replacement?
Know the age of your equipment. Central air conditioning units have an average lifespan of about 12-15 years. This lifespan can increase with lower usage and proper care. On the other hand, it can decrease with excessive use, extreme conditions, and neglected maintenance.
While the weather is up and down so far this year in Central Indiana, the frequent storms and high humidity likely caused you to run your air conditioning often. If it was keeping you cool, you probably weren’t thinking there could be a problem with your unit. When hot weather rolls in to stay it will put additional stress on your equipment. Have you been using your air conditioner this frequently every year? These conditions can decrease the lifespan of your equipment.
Think back upon the life of your equipment. Have you been changing the filter regularly? Have you had a technician our for maintenance service, or have any components needed replacement before? The way you care for your system plays a role in its longevity.
When considering the age of your equipment and your household’s habits, here are some signs that may indicate the need for a replacement is nearing:
- Your utility bills have increased over the years. While differences in outdoor temperatures from one year to the next can factor in, it may be a sign your air conditioner is losing efficiency.
- Your home isn’t as comfortable as it used to be; the air conditioning isn’t keeping you as cool as it once was, or you notice more humidity in the home.
- You notice more noise coming from your equipment.
- Your air conditioner is running longer than it used to in order to keep your house cool.
Being able to recognize potential problems can prevent you from being surprised when its time to replace your air conditioning unit. It will also give you more time to consider benefits and features you’d like to have with your new unit, and research the best solution for your household.
Regular preventative maintenance can help prolong the life of your HVAC equipment. A certified HVAC technician who inspects your equipment on a seasonal basis can troubleshoot issues which can lead to an early death for your air conditioner if left uncorrected. If you suspect you have a dying air conditioner, or want to get on board with a Preventative Maintenance Agreement to protect your equipment, call T.A. Kaiser. Our technicians can diagnose the symptoms of your air conditioner and recommend a course of action.