Has your HVAC system passed its prime? Do you know the signs? If not, you may be in trouble. Unfortunately, the largest number of HVAC systems break down during the hottest months of the year, leaving you sweating it out until help can arrive. The good news is, there are a few tell-tale signs of a problem that let you know it may be time to replace you’re a/C system before it breaks completely.
The System is Over a Decade Old
If you have an A/C system that could be entering the fifth grade, then it is time to install a new one. If you are one of the lucky ones and have a system that is still working great, take advantage of this and plan a new installation now, while you have time to save for it. While systems this old are common, they also fail frequently – in many cases with no warning. If you enter the summer with an A/C system that is in the double digits, you are really rolling the dice in regards to your ongoing comfort. The good news is, the A/C systems being manufactured today have much longer life spans of up to 25 years.
Your System Doesn’t Cool as Well as it Once Did
As you know, everything will slow down as it ages. Unfortunately, this is true for A/C systems, as well. Even if you receive preventative maintenance and service on a regular basis, you may still experience a system that doesn’t operate as well as it used to. If you have noticed that the system takes longer to cool the space, or that it has to run longer than usual, this is an indication that it has begun to wear out. It is a good idea to begin planning to replace it, rather than waiting for it to stop cooling completely.
You Need Frequent Repairs
Even the best of the best A/C systems will require extensive work from time to time. However, if you have discovered that you are having to call for repairs more frequently than in the past, it may not be worth fixing anymore. You can save time, money and hassle by investing in a new system.
Tune-Ups aren’t Helping
There is no question that preventative maintenance is something you need to invest in when it comes to you’re a/C system, but not even regular service can prevent some issues. While a technician will repair issues that they see, there could be more serious problems that have not presented yet during the time of the tune-up. If the system still isn’t working properly, it may be beyond help. When this happens, it is time to invest in a new system.
Keeping an A/C system running properly takes time and effort. If you notice any of the issues here, it may be time to stop wasting your money on repairs and replace the system.