The dreaded AC break. It usually happens the hottest day of the year, so it goes. So you’ve checked the unit and maybe even had a professional come out and tell you you’re going to need a new one. Here are some tips about when it’s time to install a new AC unit.
A well maintained AC unit lasts about 15-20 years on average. Although that sounds like a long time, if you’ve moved into a previously occupied house, chances are you’re going to have to replace the AC unit at some point.
If you’re nearing the end of an AC unit lifespan, keep an eye out for warning signs of a failing unit. If the unit starts making unexpected or odd noises, there is a chance only a part needs to be replaced, as opposed to the whole unit. Listen for squeaks, chatters, or squeals.
Also look out for excessive humidity or water condensation. These problems can be fixed pretty easily with a new water collection pan, but left unattended, can damage your entire unit. On the other hand, the unit should not freeze either. Properly working units balance their own temperature. If you see ice forming on the unit, it may need recalibration or a Freon fix.
Clogged grills also cause units to fail. This can be avoided by cleaning the unit annually.
If your AC unit does fail and it’s time for a new one, shop around. Consider the new technology that may cost more upfront, but will save you in energy bills and future maintenance. Newer systems are smaller, have thermostats you can control from your phone, are barely louder than a whisper, and are even solar powered, using the sun’s rays instead of your energy bill!