There are many concerns and worries that come with homeownership. Homeowners want to keep their home safe and comfortable, but not spend a fortune doing it! In many older homes, it can be tough to decide when to replace aging appliances. In this post, we’ll take a look at old air conditioners, and how to know if it’s time for a replacement.
#1 – AGE IS A FACTOR
General wear and tear will take a toll on any appliance, and your HVAC is no exception. Every year your A/C ages and is, unfortunately, closer to needing to be replaced. The good news is that a little maintenance can go a long way in making the unit last longer. Simple steps like making sure your outdoor pump is cleared of grass, weeds, and bushes will make sure it has “room to breathe” and won’t overheat while it’s working to keep you comfortable. You should also get a professional tune-up a couple of times a year. A professional technician can give your system a thorough check-up and make sure nothing’s wrong.
#2 – LOSING EFFICIENCY
An unexplained increase in your electric bill can be a red flag that your HVAC is in need of replacement. Or maybe your home just doesn’t feel as cool (or as warm) as it should – even though the system is constantly running. While there are always small fixes, a loss of comfort and increased bills are a sign of bigger problems. A replacement system may actually save you more money in the long run.
#3 – LEAKING COOLANT
Aside from the environmental concerns, there’s also a problem with supply. R22, commonly called Freon, has been used as a refrigerant for years – but the Environmental Protection Agency started phasing out the product in 2020. It’s still available for now, but can be tough to find, and the price is greatly increased. If your unit was built before 2010, it likely uses R22, so replacing it now could save headaches in the future.
#4 – FAN BURNOUT
The most obvious way to tell whether you need a new A/C is if the fan is out. That’s the part that blows cool air into your home once it’s cooled down. The fan needs to be working properly. A professional like ours at City Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning can check it out and make sure it’s ready to cool.
#5 – ELECTRIC
With all the wiring throughout your home and HVAC system, electrical components are critical. That’s what keeps the system connected and running strong. As the fan, compressor, or coils start to wear, the electrical parts can become frayed as well. We can diagnose and repair any issue.
WE’LL COME RUNNING
If any of these red flags are happening in your home – and your unit is more than 10 years old – it’s a good idea to seriously consider a replacement. The lifespan of your unit relies on several factors, including its age, usage, and maintenance schedule. Another important task is making sure your current unit is the right fit for the size of your home.
If you’re ready to replace your HVAC, or just need some advice, City Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning technicians can help you decide what’s right for you. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!