Air Conditioning Installation Service
Owning a home means making tough decisions, especially regarding home improvement expenditures. Should I finish the basement? Remodel the bathroom? Sometimes, it isn’t easy to know where to spend your money.
The same goes for your air conditioner. Unless you’re a trained HVAC technician, it can be difficult to know when your system needs minor repairs or a tune-up or replacing.
Like most machines, your air conditioner will show signs of failure before it happens. So, by paying attention to how your AC performs, you can prepare to replace it before you have to.
Here are the most common signs that your air conditioner may be reaching the end of its life.
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 10 to 15 years, so as your system reaches the last quarter of its life, it’s wise to begin planning to replace it soon.
Air conditioners need repairs more frequently as they near the end of their lives. So, if you find that you’re paying to repair your system every summer, it will soon become better for you economically to install a new air conditioner instead of keeping your old one working for another season or two.
Rising Energy Bills
Unless you radically change your usage habits, your energy bill should be consistent every month. Rising energy bills could mean that your air conditioner is operating less efficiently and using more energy than it used to.
A higher than average bill once or twice isn’t cause for alarm, but if it goes up and stays there, consider replacing your aging air conditioner.
Your AC Uses Freon
The US EPA banned the sale and production of R-22 Freon in January 2020. So, if your air conditioner uses Freon as a refrigerant, you can continue using it but won’t have access to recharge if the system breaks down.
If you’re unsure when is the right time to replace your air conditioner, call one of our helpful technicians for an inspection.
Why HVAC Maintenance Is So Important
An HVAC system is an expensive home investment that you should keep well-maintained to get the most use out of your hard-earned money.
However, many homeowners ignore this crucial task and pay for it in higher repair bills and premature system failure.
Let’s look at the benefits of annual HVAC maintenance.
Maintenance Protects Your Investment
Installing an air conditioner is expensive, and because of this, it’s wise to do everything you can to keep your system well-maintained so you get your money’s worth out of it.
Regularly scheduled maintenance like duct cleaning, filter replacement, and fine-tuning ensure that your system runs at peak capacity and allows you to replace worn parts to prevent significant damage.
Also, regular maintenance reduces the stress the system undergoes, which plays a significant role in increasing its lifespan.
It’s not uncommon for an HVAC system to become less efficient as it gets older, which drives up your energy costs.
Performing routine maintenance keeps your system running efficiently and your energy bills in line.
Manufacturers offer a warranty with each new air conditioner to protect you against defects. Usually, however, to be eligible for a warranty, you must keep up with your annual maintenance. If you don’t keep up with routine maintenance, you could end up paying out of pocket for a repair that your warranty would have covered.
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