Air conditioners are built to last. Most popular brands offer long warranties on their units, and top-quality AC specialists like ourselves provide warranties on installations. However, the reality is that your AC system won’t last forever. As with all machines, general wear and tear, advances in technology, and breakdowns mean that will eventually need to replace your air conditioner. But how do you know when to do so?
From sounds to smells to bills, here are five indicators that its time to replace your air conditioner.
There are a couple of signs you should keep an eye out for – some of these are obvious, some not so much. Let’s take a look, and if you’re thinking of replacing your unit, give us a call today! We want to ensure you are comfortable all year round.
Your Energy Bills Are Higher Than Usual
One of the most common symptoms that your air conditioner might need replacing is if your energy bills are higher than usual. However, this may be difficult to ascertain – bills do fluctuate throughout the year. One of the best ways to know for certain is to compare your new bill with a bill from the same cycle from prior years.
If you notice your bill is significantly higher, this may be due to a poorly functioning system. If your unit is struggling to do its job, it will work even harder to ensure the climate remains controlled, which in turn consumes more energy. Replacing that dying AC could actually save you money, instead of draining it.
Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking
One of the most common problems that AC specialists are called in for is a refrigerant leak. New systems should be 100% sealed, with no leakage. However, over time, the integrity of seals can be disrupted, resulting in leakages. This can be fixed; however, if your system is getting on in years, this may be a sign to replace.
Your Air Conditioner Is Making Unhealthy Noises
Is your internal unit making strange noises? We’re afraid to say; this definitely isn’t a good thing. Strange noises indicate a fault of some kind – usually the result of general wear and tear over time. Unless your system is quite outdated, it should operate very smoothly with no audible fluttering or grinding noises. If your unit is making noises, you should have it looked at. It may need replacing, or at the very least, a proper service. If HunterCON installed your AC, no need to sweat! Our five-year warranty program has you covered.
Your Air Conditioner Smells Strange
The same goes for strange odours. The smell of burning rubber, chemicals, mould or must – anything out of the ordinary – may indicate something is faulty or worn out and that your system has met its end. The last thing you want is your AC circulating foul odours throughout your space.
Your System Constantly Needs to be Repaired
Is your AC unit costing you a fortune in repairs? It might be time to bite the bullet and get a new one. It may be hard to decide when to do so, as installing a new unit will always cost more than it would to have it fixed, but here’s a good way to look at it: take the age of your unit and times it by the cost of a repair – if this number is more than $5,000, it might be time to get a new one.
If any of these signs apply to your AC unit and you are considering installing a new one (or if yours requires repair), get in touch with us for a quote today. With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality.
While you’re here, check out some other handy air conditioner tips: