With the summer cooling season just ahead, many homeowners are likely starting to wonder whether their current system will make it through another year. If the home is located in an area where the summers are long and the heat and humidity are sure to be severe, replacing a marginal air conditioning system before it fails completely can help to prevent discomfort or even physical distress. This is especially important to consider if one or more family members have health conditions that are worsened by rising interior temperatures or the loss of indoor air quality. Homeowners who are unsure of whether they should go ahead and replace their current air conditioning system can look for the following signs to help them decide.
An increasingly noisy AC system
Your air conditioning system contains numerous moving parts, including fans, bearings, and belts. When these parts become worn, they often vibrate or move while the system is running. If your air conditioning system has become increasingly noisy while operating, even after being professionally assessed and serviced, opting to replace it before any further damage occurs will help to prevent sudden failure of the system during the coming summer heat.
An increasing level of discomfort in the home
Air conditioning systems that are struggling will not be able to maintain the interior temperature of your home at a comfortable level. Instead, a marginal system is often heard to kick on and off more frequently, even while occupants of the home are feeling less cool and comfortable. Other signs are when the air coming from the vents seems to be much less cool or when the amount of air seems to be reduced.
A pattern or rising electricity bills
Homeowners who feel they may need to replace their air conditioning system soon should make it a point to examine the past two years of cooling bills. If, when doing this, they find that their monthly electricity bills rose during each month that the air conditioning system was in use, it may be at or near the end of its lifespan. If this is the case, replacing the old, inefficient system with a new, high-efficiency model can bring power bills down significantly, helping to cover the cost of the air conditioning replacement.
Homeowners who are still unsure of whether or not they should consider replacing their old air conditioning system with a new one should also seek the opinion of a reputable HVAC services contractor. These experts can asses the overall condition and efficiency of your current system and provide you with a better understanding of the expected lifespan and the savings you could reap by replacing it.