When certain appliances in your home reach the end of their life, replacing them is a no-brainer. Coffee maker stop working? You can easily pick up another one up at the store for under $100. Flat-screen TV bite the dust? It’ll run you more than that coffee maker, but you can resume your Netflix binge in an hour or two if you set your mind to it.
But what about your air conditioning system?
Determining whether or not it’s time to replace your HVAC system isn’t as simple – especially when replacing your system requires a little more thought and strategy than replacing your coffee maker or television.
7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC System
There comes a time, however, when replacement makes more sense than dealing with frequent, costly repairs and subpar performance. If you’re wondering if it’s time to replace your air conditioner, here are seven signs to look out for.
1. Your AC System Was Installed 10 or More Years Ago
The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is around 10 years old. But if your AC hasn’t been properly maintained over the years (think: routine preventive maintenance performed by a professional), its lifespan may be shorter.
If you are noticing a decrease in efficiency and your AC is approaching the decade mark (or beyond), it’s likely time to replace it.
2. Your Air Conditioning System Needs Frequent Repairs
Does keeping your AC running feel like a part-time job? While air conditioning systems do require some TLC here and there, if you’re constantly paying for repairs, it’s time to examine if all of this work is actually doing anything to help or it’s just the case that you’re throwing your hard-earned money away.
Before you continue repairing your system, compare the cost of these repairs with the cost of investing in a new air conditioner. For good measure, if a repair is going to cost you 50% or more of what a new system would cost, it’s best to go with the latter.
3. Your Energy Bills Have Gone up Over the Years
As air conditioning systems reach the end of their lives, they become less efficient. An aging AC has to work harder to cool your home, which means you could be reaching to lower the thermostat more often and using extra energy as a result.
The good news is, replacing an old AC unit with a new, high-efficiency one can save you upwards of 20% on your heating and cooling costs. Plus, some utility companies and government agencies now offer rebates and tax credits as incentives for homeowners to opt for a more energy-efficient air conditioning system. Good for your wallet and the environment. Win-win.
4. Your Home Has Temperature Inconsistencies
As your air conditioning system ages, it can take longer for your system to cool your home down. Weak airflow means that certain rooms (mainly the rooms furthest away from your AC) are much warmer than other areas of your home. A reliable HVAC technician can perform an inspection and determine if there is anything they can do to improve airflow, but it may mean your system is better off being replaced.
5. Your Home’s Air Quality Is Poor
The ‘V’ part of ‘HVAC’ stands for ventilation. When working efficiently, your system provides adequate ventilation for your home, removing dander, dirt, dust and other debris in the process. If your system is old or worn out, you may notice excess dust in your home. Not only is dust inconvenient and unsightly, but those who suffer with allergies or asthma can really feel the effects.
6. There Are Strange Noises Coming From Your System
Banging, grinding, popping, scraping, and squealing are all sounds that should never come from your HVAC system. These sounds can indicate a problem with one of the key components such as the compressor, condenser coil, or blower. While sometimes a simple repair is all that’s needed to stop the noise, this could be a sign your system needs to be replaced. We recommend calling a professional for an inspection.
7. Your AC Still Uses R-22 Refrigerant
R-22, also known as Freon, was discontinued after the EPA determined the refrigerant damages the ozone layer. While some air conditioning systems still use R-22, it’s a good idea to invest in a system that a better, safer refrigerant will support for years to come.
Contact Blair’s for AC Replacement in Tampa Bay
Your air conditioning system is one of the biggest investments you will ever make for home. If you’re not sure if it’s time to bid adieu to your current HVAC system, we can help. Call Blair’s Air today to schedule an inspection or to get a quote on a new AC.
Call (727) 800-4148 to schedule service.