Signs an Air Conditioner Replacement is Needed
Spring is coming to an end, and Florida homeowners are already running their air conditioners daily to fend off the growing heat and humidity. By the time summer officially kicks off, virtually every AC unit in the state will be working overtime!
Unfortunately for many homeowners, that extra workload will exacerbate any existing issues with their units and push any foundering air conditioning systems over the brink. This could mean a sudden breakdown on a sweltering afternoon - a scenario no homeowner wants to experience - so it’s better to catch and address any problems before the days get hotter. This article will share three signs it may be time to replace - or at least repair - an air conditioner this spring!
Old or Outdated AC Unit
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is around 10 to 20 years. However, several factors contribute to the life expectancy of a given AC system, such as the type of system (heat pump, ductless mini split, central AC, etc.), when it was manufactured (newer units tend to last longer than older ones due to improved technology), how much it’s used (in Florida, AC systems see heavy use and therefore wear out faster), and how well it’s maintained.
If homeowners have a unit nearing the end of its life expectancy, they should consider getting it inspected to see if it is in good enough condition to keep. Getting a new air conditioning unit before the old one breaks down in hot weather is essential. As it ages, it can become less reliable and fail when needed. A newer model will also be more efficient at cooling the home, saving homeowners money on energy bills while ensuring comfort during the hottest summer days.
Loss in Energy Efficiency
Older air conditioning systems are less energy-efficient than newer ones. This is because today’s ACs are designed to use as little energy as possible while providing maximum cooling power – even systems from 10 years ago just can’t compete with today’s technology. In addition, older units tend to lose efficiency over time as they age, as the effects of wear and tear take their toll.
A loss in energy efficiency could also point to a failing component, such as a compressor. With an older unit, it may make more economic sense to replace the entire system rather than shell out for expensive parts and repairs, especially since the more energy efficient the system, the lower the cooling costs. However, suppose there’s evidence of lost energy efficiency (such as unusually high energy bills) with a newer unit. In that case, the system may just need routine maintenance or minor repairs.
The AC Isn’t Cooling the House Properly
Another sign that AC replacement might be necessary is if the air conditioner’s performance is suffering (i.e., the house isn’t getting cool enough, the indoor air is more humid than usual, warm air is coming out instead, etc.). These signs may point to issues like a dirty air filter, dirty coils, leaky air duct, or malfunctioning thermostat.
But in many cases, they are symptoms of a larger issue with the unit, such as a failing compressor, faulty blower motor, corroded coils, or a refrigerant leak. In some cases, particularly with an aging unit, a combination of several issues may be causing the loss in performance. In these cases, replacing the entire unit may be more cost-effective than trying to repair it. Of course, installing a new air conditioner is a big decision, so homeowners should always consult with their trusted HVAC contractor to determine the best course of action for their specific circumstances.
About Mid Florida A/C
Mid Florida A/C is a local HVAC company serving Melbourne, FL, and the surrounding areas since 1980. They provide personalized solutions, extended warranties, and prompt arrivals. Call them today for air conditioner replacement and installation in Melbourne, FL.