No air conditioner can last forever, although we wish that weren’t the case. Here at Comfort First, we are all about being transparent with our customers, which means giving you whatever information you need to make an informed decision about the future of your home comfort. If your cooling system is in good shape and can last many more years, we’ll tell you! But if we think it would be more economically beneficial for you to make an upgrade, we’ll tell you that.
This said, some homeowners are simply just curious to know when the best time to make an AC upgrade is. And that’s okay! We believe that all homeowners should be informed about their cooling systems and the status of their equipment. The more you know about your air conditioner, the more likely you’ll be able to make that educated decision about what to do about it. Read on to learn some signs that your air conditioner is indeed ready for an upgrade.
When Repairs Are the Answer
Just because you’ve encountered a problem with your air conditioner doesn’t automatically mean it’s time for a replacement, of course. Some of the signs were about to share, on their own, may simply be a sign that you should give us a call for repairs. Handling these repairs right away can actually prevent your air conditioner from breaking down further.
- Strange Noises: Do you hear hissing, clanging, banging, or any other strange noise you haven’t heard before, coming from your air conditioner? This could be the sign of a loose component, worn motor bearings, or even a refrigerant leak. All of these are repairable issues!
- Refrigerant Leak: Speaking of refrigerant leaks… there is a common misconception that refrigerant is a fuel, and that it depletes as gasoline does from a car. This is not the case! Refrigerant is the substance that makes the cooling process possible. If your system is losing any of this substance, it means there is a leak that must be located and repaired.
- A Cooling System That Won’t Cool: This is a pretty apparent sign that there is a problem with your air conditioner. First, check that the thermostat is correctly set to “cool” and set to your desired temperature. Next, check and make sure the air filter is unobstructed. If neither of those are the cause of the problem, it’s time to call us.
When Replacement is the Answer
Okay if all those symptoms we just mentioned are repairable, then when do you need to replace your air conditioner? Well, when it’s old and experiencing one or more of the aforementioned systems. When well-maintained, an air conditioner is designed to last about 10-15 years. Anything beyond that means it will struggle to work as powerfully or as efficiently as it once did.
Even if it doesn’t have problems now, an aging system soon will. The best thing you can do for your older air conditioner is to give our team a call!