Central air conditioners have an average service life of 10 to 15 years when properly maintained. Some people in Upper St. Clair, PA, keep their system running well past that to their own detriment. Here are five signs your air conditioner is due for a replacement.
1. Unusual Noises
As your system runs, the only sound you should hear is the quiet rush of air from your vents. You may also hear the sound of your circulating fan or condensing fan spinning. However, squeals, clanking, rattles and buzzing signal significant problems.
2. Odd Smells
Your system shouldn’t emit a smell while it’s running. If you smell something that resembles automobile exhaust, it may indicate a cracked evaporator coil. This kind of repair will usually mean a system replacement.
3. Older System
Systems installed before 2010 run R22 refrigerant, which the federal government banned. This means what little refrigerant is still available continues to increase in price due to scarcity. A new system will cost less than repairs to these older systems that require refrigerant charging.
4. Critical Repairs
The level of AC repairs considered critical decreases as your system ages. This may start as a damaged evaporator or condensing coil but may be as simple as a circulating fan.
Multiply the estimated cost of the repair by the age of the system. If that is more than the cost of a replacement, you are better to opt for the replacement.
5. Selling Your Home
Many potential buyers consider the significant repairs a home will need, including the HVAC system. Homes with newer, more efficient systems tend to get better offers than those with aging systems. In fact, the National Association of Realtors estimates HVAC upgrades to yield a return of up to 71%.
Be sure your system is an asset for your home rather than a liability. Call Woodruff and Smith Heating and Cooling, Inc. to schedule your new AC installation consultation today.
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