Two things make it hard to upgrade air conditioning systems. Firstly, they tend to have a longer lifespan; a typical air conditioner can deliver excellent service for as long as 15 or 20 years. Good maintenance can make it last even longer. Secondly, they’re just huge and bulky; you’d have to contemplate over the issue of upgrading them for a long time. These reasons don’t necessarily mean the air conditioner is there forever. It will reach a time when you’ll be compelled to replace your old air conditioner with newer and efficient units. However, more often than not, you don’t arrive at that decision on your own; your air conditioners will show signs that it needs to be replaced.
Karl Harris , marketing director of Airconspares of Manchester, (www.airconspares.com), has these suggestions when assessing the performance of your Aircon systems.
Signs and symptoms of an AC begging for replacement
The energy bills are unreasonably bloated
It is easier to know when energy costs rise because of inflation. The power distribution company will always try to explain the reason behind the hike if there is a hike at all. However, if you realize that your energy bills are higher than those of your neighbour, it could be the best time to put your household appliances to vetting. In the case of an air conditioner, it could already be struggling to work, hence high energy consumption. The first parts to show aging are fans and the motor; as time flies by, they start to struggle to work efficiently because they must rotate and work extra hard to keep supplying the much-needed fresh air. With increasing time, they may just cease to work efficiently altogether and keep running – all these mean higher energy bills. If you’re unfortunate enough, the spike in energy costs could occur overnight. Acquiring the latest system can save you a huge amount of money.
Repairs have become frequent
Most people will call a technician to inspect the air condition at least once every year and just before the heavy use season such as summer. If the system starts requiring three or several repairs in a year, it is an indicator that it has seen its better years and you should be planning to replace it. You know you don’t want to spend huge sums of money on several repair jobs every year; just put the money together and acquire and a new unit.
The indoor temperature doesn’t feel right
You’re certain that the thermostat is in the great operational state but the temperatures in your home aren’t adding up; it is either too cold or too hot. Such situations could occur when the system is having a hard time regulating the room temperature well. Trying to repair the air condition at this stage could be costly. The best solution is would be to visit your local dealer and acquire a new air conditioner.
The AC system has truly aged and you know it
Sometimes it doesn’t take a malfunction to realize that your air conditioner should be replaced. During one of the annual maintenance sessions, the technician might break the ice to you; the system is still working properly but it is high time you replace it. Most air conditioners made before 2008 are barely working at the moment. So, if your conditioner was manufactured before that time, you should be thinking of replacing it. Furthermore, technology has really evolved since then and there are newer efficient units in the market today that won’t leave you scratching your head. Replace your old air conditioner and see the running costs drop drastically.