Knowing the age of your air conditioner is one of the most important facts in determining if you need a new system. Typically at the age of 15 years your air conditioner has reached the end of its life span. Although, we know that not everyone replaces their air conditioners every 15 years. It’s difficult to remember when they were installed or maybe your air conditioner seems like its runny perfectly. The truth is that after 15 years your system is severely outdated. Even though you’ve had your system routinely checked and worked on throughout the years, at this point your air conditioner is inefficient. By updating your system before your system completely falls apart and leaves you stuck in the heat of your own home, consider how keeping your system up to par will reduce your energy bills, keep your home cooler, and will save you money throughout the years. Is it really worth it to dump money into an old system? Replacing your air conditioner means staying cool and saving money in the long run.
Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up.
Your cooling may have become less efficient.
Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.
Improper equipment operation, duct problems or inadequate insulation could be the cause.
No one is home for long periods of the day and you do not have a programmable thermostat.
Install a programmable thermostat or have a good contractor install one and instruct you on its use — to start saving energy and money while they’re away or sleeping.
Your home has humidity problems.
Poor equipment operation, inadequate equipment, and leaky ductwork can cause the air to be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer.
Your home has excessive dust.
Leaky ducts can pull particles and air from attics, crawl spaces and basements and distribute them throughout your house. Sealing your ducts may be a solution.
Your cooling system is noisy.
You could have an undersized duct system or a problem with the indoor coil of your cooling equipment.