Do you need a new air conditioner? Below are some signs that you do.
You Have an Old Unit
You can expect your AC to last between 12 and 17 years if you maintain and use it properly. As the AC system ages:
- Its cooling efficiency drops
- Its energy efficiency decreases
- The frequency of its malfunctions increases
- It becomes noisier
Even if you take the best care of the system, you eventually have to replace it. Consider AC replacement if the current one shows aging signs or has served you for over a decade.
The Current Unit Suffers Extreme Malfunction
Many AC issues require a few hundred dollars to fix. However, some damages are costly and cost thousands of dollars. For example, replacing an evaporator coil can cost as much as $6,000.
Consider a system replacement if the current one suffers costly damages or has suffered multiple costly damages. In such a case, a replacement is even more advisable if the AC is nearing the end of its lifespan. Otherwise, you might spend more on the repair than you would spend to replace the AC by the time you give up on it.
You Have Expanded Your Home
Your AC's cooling output should match your house's cooling needs. Factors that determine your cooling needs include:
- Your house's square footage
- Your house's cooling
- Your home's construction materials
- Your local weather and climate
- Your home's exposure to direct sunlight
Many of these factors change after a major renovation. For example, adding a couple of rooms to your house significantly increases its square footage. In such a case, you need a bigger AC to match the increased cooling need.
You Have a New Building
You may also need AC installation if your home has a new construction, even if it's not the main dwelling. For example, you may need an AC for a detached garage or storage, depending on what you are storing. However, you don't have to use the same AC type as the one in your main house. For example, a portable or ductless AC works well for such places.
You Want a New AC Type
Lastly, you can install an AC whenever you want to upgrade to a new type. For example, you can switch from a portable to a ductless AC or a conventional AC to a geothermal system. Energy efficiency, cooling efficiency, and environmental concerns are some of the reasons people upgrade ACs.
For more information about air conditioning, contact a local company.