With summer just around the corner, your mind may be fixed on all of the things you need to do to prepare your home. From roofing inspections to getting your basement ready for potential tornado warnings, there is much to do and little time to do it in. However, one of the tasks you should not neglect has to do with your air conditioning system. Every summer you rely heavily on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable and cool. It is important at the start of the season, that you know the ways in which you can tell you need a new air conditioner. Then, you can be sure that if you do need a new one, you can get it installed as soon as possible, and potentially before the heat really hits.
Your House Doesn't Get Very Cool
One of the signs that your air conditioner needs to go is that it simply is not cooling your house as it should. If you have your air conditioner turned to a cool temperature and the house still feels warm in spite of the air conditioner running, you likely have a problem.
The heat outside, of course, will affect your air conditioning and how cool it is capable of getting your house. Open blinds that allow sunlight in and the like can also greatly affect the temperature in the room. Pay attention to just how hot it is outside and try to limit the amount of sun that comes into your home during the heat of the day. If you have the house closed up and/or it is an only moderately warm day and your home still feels warm, call an a/c specialist as soon as possible to see if you need to purchase a replacement.
Your Air Conditioner Is Over 15 Years Old
Just like any other machinery in your home, your air conditioning machine has a lifespan. For most air conditioners, that lifespan is between 10 and 15 years. As such, if your air conditioner is over 15 years old, it is time to start thinking about a replacement.
Most a/c units from 15 or more years ago were nowhere near as efficient as models produced today when they were brand new. Plus, over time, the efficiency of your a/c unit will go down anyway, due to wear. If your unit is more than 15 years old, consider buying a replacement now, before it breaks down. This will save you a great deal of hassle and could protect you from having to go without a/c during the hottest times of year (which is inevitably when many units break down).
Now that you know a few ways to tell you need a new air conditioner, you can be sure you contact a contractor right away if any of these situations apply to you and your home.Share
15 May 2019
Last summer, I began to get extremely hot in my home. My air conditioning system couldn’t adequately keep my home cool anymore. Therefore, I contacted an experienced HVAC contractor. This individual visited my home and thoroughly inspected my unit. If your air conditioner isn’t working like it once did, your air ducts may be clogged up. Thankfully, an expert HVAC contractor can determine if faulty air ducts are the cause of the hot temperatures inside your home. On this blog, you will discover how an HVAC contractor can properly inspect your air ducts. Stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer months!