Wondering how long it will be before your old A/C unit finally breaks down and needs a costly replacement?
We know an A/C unit is a big expenses, but many consumers have been hearing for years their system needs replacing from companies looking to make a big paycheck. But how can you tell if your A/C unit is about to break? In these hot Florida summers, we regularly see a system make its last stand on some of the hottest days, when it’s having to work extremely hard just to keep the house at a consistent temperature, leaving you with unexpected repair bills for an A/C unit. Many times, when you can plan ahead for those big surprises, you’re able to handle the situation with a lot more ease, but how can you tell? Here’s three signs to watch out for…
The general rule in the industry is that once an A/C unit reaches 10-15 years, the idea of replacing the unit is usually a much better investment than putting money into an older system. If your system is at this threshold, it’s usually wise to begin expecting, not wondering, when the system will fail. Proper maintenance is a great way to extend the life of your system, so make sure even if its new to take care of it. Don’t know your systems age, no problem. Take down the model and serial number from the manufacturer and give them a call to ask them. If you’re our customer, our staff can tell you it as well, we keep great records!
One mechanical clue to a systems state is how efficiently the coil is performing. A function of the evaporator coil is humidity extraction, and as a unit ages past the normal life span, the system will not perform to its usual operational standards. These breakdowns in efficiency leave the air more humid, and cause your space to feel more clammy, than cool. Some other signs of an older evaporator coil is if it is prone to freezing or mold growth.
3. Jump in Costs-
As with the coil, the system overall loses efficiency as it ages. The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of an older unit isn’t what it once was. As it loses each SEER increment, up to 9 percent of efficiency is lost. What results is an increase your electric costs . If your utility costs are rising and other causes have been ruled out, it’s more than likely the age of the system that is the greatest contributor. Should you be planning to replace your Air Conditioner soon? Your A/C unit won’t last forever. Give a licensed, local expert a call and have an system evaluation done during your next maintenance. Make sure they are reputable and ready yourself with these three suggested area to make sure they’re not selling you something you don’t need. If you’re in Central Florida, visit our website to have one of our experts service your air conditioner with a annual maintenance.