A common question we often get is when should you consider replacing your home AC system? The answer will always vary depending on factors such as maintenance history and the environment that it has been operating in, but on average the lifespan of an AC unit is 10 years. It can of course be less if it has not been regularly maintained and neglected.
Like any mechanical equipment such as your car, your AC unit will naturally deteriorate with age and so after this point, your system is likely to need more servicing and maintenance which can be costly. On top of this, an older unit is less efficient and so you may notice an increase in general running costs, or that your home is just not as cool as it used to be.
Signs that it’s time to consider a replacement unit
The most obvious sign that its time to upgrade is a total system failure however, there are some more subtle signs that indicate you should consider your replacement options.
System is over 10 years old – As your system reaches 10 years old, the general mechanical wear and tear due to age will mean your system will not be able to run at optimal levels and large, expensive parts may need to be replaced.
No cold air – It may be the most obvious, but it’s also the most telling sign. If you are not getting cold air it could be a number of problems, many of which are very expensive to repair.
Increased or unusual moisture around your system – Condensation around your unit is totally normal, however if you are seeing increased amounts of moisture or pools of water around your unit then this is often a sign of a much larger problem.
Major part failure – As your unit ages, major parts can start to fail or need replacing. While this can be managed with professional repair, these parts are often very expensive to replace and have fitted depending on the nature of the problem.
System running more often and for longer – An older unit can struggle to keep up with the demands of higher temperatures, and so must work harder to cool your home and maintain a temperature.
Benefits of upgrading
While the initial upfront costs of a new AC system can be high, the benefits are worth it!
Increased comfort – A new AC system will reach and maintain your desired temperature more efficiently as well as give you increased and balanced airflow throughout your home. Other airflow and cooling challenges such as humidity issues can also be solved leaving you with greater comfort in your home.
Breathe cleaner air – Newer AC units have better filtration systems. Many systems can now remove dust and also help inhibit the growth of mold and dry up excess moisture. This improves the overall air quality in your home.
Warranty protection – New units come with a warranty which will help protect your investment against breakdowns and repairs for up to 20 years depending on the manufacturer, the part and problem. If a major part fails on your new system, it is highly likely that there will be no out of pocket expense to fix it.
Reduced noise – Advancements in technology such as variable speed fans and multi-stage compressors have resulted in systems running quieter than older systems. Sound tests have shown that single stage AC units can run between 70-80 decibels, which is similar to a household blender or lawnmower. Newer units utilizing these new technologies can run as low as 57 decibels which is lower than the noise of an average conversation.
Save Money – Most new AC units focus on greater performance and energy efficiency using multistage compressors and variable speed fans. As a result, it is possible to see a reduction in energy bills, as well as decreased servicing and maintenance costs with a new system.
Interested in replacing your AC unit?
Tonnage, SEER rating, 1 Stage, Variable Stage – When it comes to replacing your AC system, the task can seem daunting. With many manufacturers, ratings and features its hard to know what to look for and what is right for you and your home.
Talking to EDS is the first step in finding out whether replacing your AC system is the right option for you. One of our trained and certified AC specialists will conduct a full assessment of your home and existing unit and then discuss your solution options with you. During this process you will learn all about the different features and ratings and what it means when it comes to finding the right AC system.
At the end of your appointment, you will have all of the following information to help make the best decision for you:
- The right tonnage with heat load calculation
- What brand and type of unit will fit – they are all different dimensions
- Solutions for increased comfort with airflow concerns
- Solutions for any Indoor Air Quality problems
- Required filtration for the home
- Smart connected home options
Learn more about new installation services from E.D.S and book your AC system evaluation.