As a property owner, replacing your A/C system is a big decision and an even larger investment. A new system can improve your home’s value and comfort and save you the cost of ongoing repairs. When an A/C system has frequent breakdowns or shows other signs of age and wear, it’s time for smart homeowners to evaluate and choose a new system that will save them energy and money. How do you know when it’s truly time for a new A/C system? If you notice your system is starting to display one or more of the signs below, you should consider investing in a new system.
Your System is Over Ten Years Old
After passing the 10 year mark, it might be time to consider replacing your air conditioning system, especially if you’re experiencing other issues. Most central air conditioning units operate efficiently for 10 to 15 years. You will likely begin to incur more costs for maintenance and operation past this point.
Stop throwing cash into an old system that is constantly in need of repairs. Put your money to good use by replacing the air conditioner with a newer and more efficient unit. Lower bills, better cooling, and energy savings benefits will offset your investment.
Your System Uses the Old Refrigerant Type, R-22
According to the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is a mandate to phase out R-22 by 2020. Be sure your system is not dependent upon this refrigerant type.
Uneven Cooling Throughout Your Home
An air conditioning system becomes less efficient as it ages leaving rooms in your home feeling less comfortable as they are not receiving enough cool air. You may encounter areas that are warm due to inefficient circulation in the home.
Your Home is Humid
This is a sure sign that your system is not running adequately. This could be as a result of leaky duct work or just poor, aging equipment that can’t keep up with the demands of the job.
Your Home Has Excessive Dust
Older, worn-out systems accumulate and blow dust back into the home. If you can no longer keep up with the dust, even with changing the filters regularly, it’s time to consider installing a new air conditioning system.
You Hear Strange Noises From the A/C Equipment
Air-blowers or cooling equipment tend to make noise when they are not operating or functioning properly. If you are hearing noises, it’s probably time for a new system.
Your Home Score is Under 5 on the Home Energy Yardstick
It’s important to understand how your energy use is affected by changes in your aging A/C system. This simple assessment gives you an idea of your home’s annual energy use compared to other homes.
Your Energy Bills Keep Rising
Your system isn’t working efficiently and in turn, is working longer and harder to keep things cool costing you more money in the process. Your home energy usage is above average and you are probably paying more than necessary on your energy bills.
Your A/C System Quits When You Need It Most
If you can’t rely on your system to keep you cool at the most important times, then it may be time to replace your system. So what if it works when it’s cold outside, you need a system to work full-capacity in the dog days of summer….every day.
An experienced and trusted company will evaluate your needs and recommend the right system for your home based on those needs and your budget. Call a pro! Call Phoenix Comfort Systems!
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Phoenix Comfort provides a full range of air conditioning and heating repair, installation, and maintenance services for residential and commercial customers. We keep your air conditioning and heating systems in their best condition and ready to go when you need them most, following the industry’s “best practice” methods and standards. Phoenix Comfort carries a full line of quiet, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating equipment.
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