When to replace your central air conditioning system

Is it time to replace your AC?

A central air conditioning system is an expensive investment, but most systems aren’t meant to last for much more than ten years. Ideally, it should be energy-efficient, while maintaining optimal comfort in every part of the home. Your system should be able to reduce the humidity level that contributes to the discomfort of summer heat, while lowering the temperature enough to let people sleep well or enjoy their activities when they’re awake.

Even with regular maintenance, you may reach a point where your system isn’t functioning well enough to keep your home comfortable during the hottest part of the summer. Here are a few signs that may indicate that it’s time to replace your central air conditioning system.

  1. The age of your system

    The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is 10-15 years. If your unit is close to ten years old or older, you may want to consider replacing it instead of repairing it. Heating and cooling costs account for roughly 44% of your utility costs. If you’re paying more than the average for your area, your air conditioning system may not be working effectively.

    Older air conditioning systems also use R22, a freon refrigerant, which is being phased out over the next few years out to meet environmental protection regulations. Replacing this refrigerant in older air conditioning systems to one that complies with these regulations  is expensive and since R22 is being discontinued, it's becoming more difficult to source. New air conditioning  systems are all manufactured to comply with these regulations and are designed to be much more energy-efficient. Using the correct refrigerant, they are also far more eco-friendly because they release fewer carbon emissions. By installing a new air conditioning system you will also notice a significant improvement in your home’s indoor air quality. A newer air conditioning system will also increase the resale value of your home. 

  2. Excessive noise and dust

    The constant presence of dust in your home – even after cleaning, is a good indication that there are leaks in the ductwork. Those leaks will compromise the efficiency of your air conditioning system, and that will increase the operating cost. If your air conditioner is excessively noisy, there is a good possibility that your duct system isn’t large enough for the square footage of your home. It’s also possible that you have a problem with the unit’s indoor coil.

  3. Your air conditioning-related expenses are increasing

    If your utility bills are going up and there isn’t any change in the way you’re using it, that’s a good indication that your system is no longer as efficient as it should be. Another obvious sign is the amount of money you are paying for air conditioning repairs, and the frequency with which you have to have the system repaired.

  4. Cooling and humidity inconsistencies

    Your home’s air conditioner is supposed to remove humidity from the air because excessive humidity makes the space more uncomfortable. When it functions, the system will maintain consistent temperatures throughout the house. When the cooling portion of your HVAC system isn’t able to do these things, either your equipment is malfunctioning, or there are issues with your ductwork. Think about the cost of repairing these problems, and ask yourself if it is worth your while to spend the money on repairs.

    These warning signs may be an indication that you should think about replacing your air conditioning system. It’s natural to be concerned about the cost of replacing part of your HVAC unit. It’s an expensive purchase, and a huge investment in your home. Don’t panic at the prospect of having to come up with a lot of money upfront. A new air conditioning unit may wind up eliminating the constant repair costs, and lower your utility bills enough to help you recoup part of your investment. A newer, more energy-efficient air conditioning system will also increase the resale value of your home.

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Choosing the right replacement for your air conditioning system

Petro understands that homeowners feel overwhelmed and confused by all of the options and considerations that go into selecting the proper air conditioning unit to replace their existing one. Our team of air conditioning professional technicians are experienced, highly qualified, and trained.

When you work with Petro, you get a team of home service professionals who are consistent and reliable. We carry the latest and most energy-efficient air conditioning systems. You can always count on our team for fast, expert installation and around the clock repairs. Let us help you choose the best air conditioning system for your home. We will make sure that your system is installed correctly and that it works at peak performance, while reducing your utility costs. 

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