Are you ready for season of Summer? You might be, but have you checked your A/C equipment? As a homeowner, it is extremely important to check and make sure that your equipment will run in tip top shape for those incoming summer heat waves. With a typical A/C Condenser, you can get 15 to 20 years of life out of your system, depending on who has installed it. Always call a professional to schedule an A/C Tune-Up before turning on your system.
The age and condition of an A/C unit can always affect the answer of the age old question “Should I replace my equipment or get it repaired?” There are a few signs that you can be aware of, as well as common symptoms that will lead you to think that replacing your system is a great idea. In some cases, you’ll need to get them repaired or immediately replaced to prevent further damage.
Weak Air Flow: When your system is in full functionality, simply walk over to a vent or register, and feel how well the air is flowing out. If you feel an inadequate amount of air, its a telltale sign that your coil could be frozen, a blockage in refrigeration, a bad blower motor or replacing an air filter.
Unusual Noises: When an A/C condenser is on, it can have two functions. When the fan motor is on, you’ll see the fan spinning at the top. When the compressor kicks on, you’ll have to keep an ear out to hear if it makes any noises that are uncommon. If its making squealing or screeching noises, a start capacitor may have failed or the fan motor may need to be replaced.
Differences in the Air: While inside your house, do you happen to feel as if the house isn’t getting any cooler or its humid after a long period of time? Chances are that the fan and the compressor have failed. Moisture can and will build up within your home and cause water damage and even mold. They’ll need to be replaced to prevent those unwanted damages.
Unexplained High Energy Bills: If your system is running inefficiently, you’ll see a major difference on your bills. If this seems to be happening to you, any kind of repair may not be worth it. A recommendation of a replacement will be given.
Your HVAC system is one of the biggest energy users in your home, the cost to operate the system is an important factor in determining when to replace it. For instance, if your car had 70,000 miles on it and the transmission fails, what do you do? If you need to replace your fan motor which is typically around $600 dollars, then as time passes and you need a new condenser, you’ll be paying for both of the costs as apposed to replacing the condenser. You would save the $600 you spent on getting that fan motor replaced.
Air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio and capacity. SEER is a measurement of the amount of energy the unit uses to reach a particular amount of cooling. Expect air conditioners with higher SEER ratings to cost more than their average counterparts, but the higher price, comes with better efficiency. A higher efficiency unit will save you more money in the long run. Major HVAC components such as air conditioning systems have their pricing determined by output and energy efficiency. When buying this type of equipment, it’s always a good idea to have load calculations performed on your home by a trained HVAC technician. This can help to ensure you’re getting the right system for the right price and the best quality equipment that you can afford. Depending on your income, many options will be available to you.