How Often Should I Replace My Air Conditioning Unit? Spot the Tell-Tale Signs

Is the heat starting to creep in? Perhaps your air conditioning unit is no longer up to the task and needs replacing. However, replacing an AC unit, depending on the size, can be a huge investment but no one wants to be left sweating during the peak of summer!

On average, a quality air conditioning unit can last approximately 10 to 20 years. There are plenty of factors that can affect that lifespan, so you need to look out for telltale signs it’s time to replace it.

Keep reading to know the signs.

It’s Time to Replace That Air Conditioning Unit

Sudden, drastic, jumps in energy bills can be a strong indicator of an AC concern. This could be a sign that it is running harder to get the same result. It would be wise to schedule a checkup to determine if you need a replacement.

Having the air conditioner turn off at random times on its own is just as big an indicator as the rising electrical bills that may be seen. This is a sign that there is a problem with the thermostat, very specialized electronic work.

A problem with the thermostat can also lead to particular zones in the home being cooled and others not. These type of electronics should only be addressed by professional like those at Larsen Heating and Air.

1. Vent Issues

Vent work issues can show up in the form of weak airflow leading to poor cooling or fluid leaks and build up. The fluids may not always be dangerous but if not addressed could lead to mold and decay.

2. Noises and Odors

Any new, unexpected, noises are reason for concern. Keep these in mind separate from the standard cycling noises all HVAC systems make. Generally, fans and blowers are the cause of these problems.

While they may just be part replacements it is wise to make sure that there is not a more serious issue present.

Not just noises but smells can be a concern as well. Most often a smell coming from the ductwork can be a sign of damaged wires or burned insulation. These are problems that only build upon themselves and need immediate fixes.

3. Is It Just Outdated

One that is more obvious and has less wiggle room than any of the other signs involves R-22 Freon, a non-combustible gas that is used as a refrigerant in air conditioners. As of January 1st, 2020, the United States ended the production of Freon.

If you have an air conditioning unit that is ten years or older, it is almost certain that it operates using Freon. Because the use and production of Freon has been phasing out, it is wise to plan for a replacement. Especially before you are stuck without a repair plan on a 100+ degree summer day!

Keep Cool With Well Kept Air Conditioning

Knowing what the indicators are for the replacement of an air conditioning unit will keep you ahead of any problems and away from being stuck in a “hot spot”. Be sure to keep in mind that preventative maintenance can easily extend the lifespan of the unit as well!

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