With spring here and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about using your air conditioner, if you haven’t already. Did your air conditioner perform well last year? If you are thinking about replacing it, but wondering if it’s time, you have some considerations to make before we enter the hottest part of the year. If your system is 10 years old or older, then it could very well be time for a replacement, as even a well-maintained air conditioner typically lasts 10–15 years. Below are some signs that your AC may be reaching the end of its life cycle.
Higher Utility Bills
Even without extra costs, your HVAC system makes up about half of your utility expenses. This is why you want to ensure you have an efficient system. Ask around your neighborhood. Are you paying more in energy costs than those on your street? If your air conditioner usage is not that different from theirs, this could be a sign that your system is not running as efficiently as it once was. This is indicative of an aging system nearing the end of its life.
Excessive Noise and/or Dust
Unusual sounds, such as rattling, could be a sign that something is loose within your air conditioner. A repair might be the answer, however, if you’ve had maintenance and repairs done and are still noticing the excessive noise, it could be time to replace your system. You might also notice an increased presence of dust. Aging systems often suffer from leaky ductwork, which can lead to dust and debris being spread throughout your home.
A well-maintained and functioning AC system removes humidity from your indoor air. Additional moisture could cause ill effects to your home and your health, not to mention make your living space uncomfortable. This symptom is indicative of a problem with your overall AC unit, and usually the cost of repairing this problem in an aging system is not worth the amount of life that remains in it.
Call Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today for air conditioning services in Fremont, CA.