How can you tell when it’s time to upgrade your cooling unit? The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is 10 to 15 years, provided it undergoes routine HVAC maintenance. If your HVAC unit is more than 15 years old, it’d be a good idea to start looking for an HVAC replacement.
You should also keep an eye out for warning signs such as:
- Uncomfortably warm temperatures. Uncomfortably warm temperatures or extreme temperature differences in different rooms are both signs that something’s wrong with your AC unit. It may be low on Freon, its compressor might be broken or it could have suffered a breakdown due to age—these are just some of the issues that could be affecting your AC’s cooling performance. If you’re not sure about the cause, don’t hesitate to have an HVAC technician inspect your unit. The same goes for gas furnaces.
- A decline in cooling performance. A noticeable, continuous drop in cooling performance is also a cause for concern. If your unit is more than 10 years old and its performance has been steadily declining, you may need to replace it with a newer model soon.
- Leaks and excessive condensation. It’s normal for condensation to form on an AC unit. However, if you find water pooling around your unit or the condensation becomes too excessive, there’s a strong likelihood some of your AC unit’s components may have been damaged. Whether they can be replaced or not depends on the AC unit’s age, how frequently it was maintained and the extent of the damage In most cases, extensive damage means you’ll need to replace it. If you’re planning to get an AC replacement, it’d be a good idea to consult an HVAC technician about the features that can give you the most value for your money.
Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating, a family- and locally-owned company with two decades of experience, offers professional HVAC installation services and a wide variety of air cleaners and conditioners from premium brands. To get a free estimate, call us at (972) 216-1961 or (713) 595-4986. You can also fill out this form.