Three Signs it’s Time for a New Air Conditioner
Summer is little more than a month away, which means it’s time to consider your air conditioner. If your AC unit is getting old or doesn’t incorporate the latest technology, it might be time for a new one. J.D. Swallow, providing some of the finest air conditioning service in Ottawa, details three signs it’s time for a new air conditioner.
Reduced Efficiency/Increased Costs
Like any machine, the older an AC unit gets the more it wears out. Just as with a car, lawnmower, or furnace, increased wear and tear equates to decreased efficiency. Specific to your AC unit, this means it needs to run longer to achieve the same temperature it might have attained in half the time just a few years ago. Keep an eye on your electric bill – if it continues climbing, contact our air conditioning company serving Ottawa. It’s possible that your unit just needs repair, but if we trace the problem to the unit’s age, you should think about purchasing a new air conditioner.
Even the best-built machines require periodic repairs to keep them running smooth. But as Father Time becomes more and more of a factor in your air conditioner’s performance, you might start noticing that the same part(s) require increasingly frequent repair. One example is the AC unit’s heat pump: if you find yourself calling for service on this item 3 – 4 times a year, that’s a red flag. If it gets to the point where you start needing repairs for multiple items, it makes sense to stop throwing money at individual problems and instead buy a new AC unit. The frequency of system failure hastens with age, so better to nip the issue in the bud then continue sinking money into an unfixable problem.
15 Years or Older
We talked a lot about age in the first two sections, so you might be wondering: what is the average lifespan of an air conditioning unit? The answer is 10 – 15 years, depending on the type of AC unit you have, how often you run it, and whether you periodically clean it/have parts replaced when needed. If your AC unit reaches 15 years of service and it’s still running great, consider yourself lucky – but prepare yourself for what will likely be a swift downturn in performance.
From here you have two choices, as we alluded to above: you can try to squeeze every last drop out of your AC unit by engaging in regular service and repairs, or you can invest in a new unit. Ultimately, it’s much more cost-effective to buy a new unit, but homeowners have their own timetable based on household budget, AC unit, usage, etc. If it makes sense to push your unit for another couple of years, go ahead. But don’t throw away too much money doing so, and bear in mind that you’ll eventually need a replacement.
For more information on air conditioning installation, longevity, and service, contact the experienced J.D. Swallow team today.