As residents of the city of Tampa prepare for the official start of the summer season, one question that you may need to consider as temperatures start to climb toward 100 degrees is: When is it time to replace your AC unit?
You certainly don't want to be stuck with a malfunctioning AC unit at the peak of the summer. So, before you get to that point, here are a few tell-tale signs that it may be time to replace your AC unit.
The Department of Energy puts the average system lifespan of an air conditioner in the United States as 15 to 20 years. However, the general recommendation is that if your system is above ten years, then it is time to seriously consider replacing the unit with one that has a SEER of at least 15.
Like most other appliances, AC units will last longer and perform better over time with regular maintenance. If your AC unit needs constant repairs, then the costs quickly add up. Frequent overhaul means that your AC unit may soon become inoperable at some point. You may find it more economical in the long run to replace the AC unit rather than continue to incur repair costs.
AC units malfunctioning or operating below their optimal efficiency will consume higher energy, running up your power bills. If your energy consumption habits have stayed the same over the months, but your energy bills are increasingly higher, then you should consider replacing your AC unit.
This refrigerant, also called R22 Freon, is an environmental hazard due to its contribution to the depletion of the ozone layer. Therefore, its production ceased in 2020. If your AC unit needs refrigerant replacement, you will not easily find R-22, and if you do, it will be expensive. For environmental reasons, too, you should buy a newer type of unit.
Besides the steady humming sound that emanates from the AC unit while it's on, any strange rattling, grinding, squealing, or banging noise from the C unit indicates a more significant problem. If your AC unit is relatively new, a good repair could suffice. (Check to see if it's still under warranty.) However, if it is older than ten years, then a complete replacement is a better choice.
At Sun Air Services in Tampa, FL, we offer expert AC repairs and maintenance, new AC installations and replacements, furnace and heating repair, duct cleaning, and more. Call us now at 813-694-8989 for a free estimate.