When To Repair Or Replace Your Air Conditioner

When To Repair Or Replace Your Air ConditionerRepairing or replacing your air conditioner might seem like a big cost, but trust us when we say that it costs more to leave it alone. To save money on monthly energy bills and increase your air conditioner’s lifespan, learn when it’s time to repair or replace the unit.

Signs There is Something Wrong with Your Air Conditioner

To determine whether you need to repair or replace your air conditioner, first, evaluate the signs that there is a problem.

1. Monthly energy bills are continually on the rise.

Have you noticed a gradual increase in your monthly utility bills? This could indicate a variety of problems, but almost all of them have to do with your air conditioner. An energy leak, punctured unit, broken vents, etc. are all evidenced by a steady climb in heating and cooling costs. Schedule a professional tune-up to check for an inefficient air conditioner.

2. Your air conditioner is old and outdated.

If you notice a decrease in functionality, and your air conditioner happens to be 15-20 years old, it is probably time for a replacement. It isn’t usually worth making repairs to an outdated system, as you will eventually have to turn around and spend the money to replace the entire thing.

3. Your home’s temperature never seems to be even.

Uneven heating and cooling points to a broken system, or more often than that, an incorrectly sized system. Don’t dismiss uneven temperatures as being a product of your home’s layout. It’s probably time for an air conditioner repair or replacement.

4. You notice odd sounds or smells coming from the unit.

Do you smell something burning? How about the sound of creaking, whistling, or rattling? Odors and noises indicate an immediate issue with the air conditioning unit.

5. You often have to make small repairs.

If you pay for multiple air conditioner repairs a year, chances are high that it isn’t worth the investment. By the time you pay for several repairs, you might as well pay for a brand new unit.

6. The unit constantly turns on and off again.

An air conditioner that constantly turns on and off is usually the wrong size. A too-small unit has to run all the time to keep up with the workload, and a too-large unit overcompensate. Unfortunately, this places strain on your HVAC system and drives up your monthly energy bill.

How to Avoid Air Conditioner Problems

Of course, the best maintenance is always preventative maintenance. Avoid costly repairs and replacements by employing the following HVAC suggestions.

1. Invest in an air conditioner with a good SEER rating.

Your air conditioner’s SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating indicates how much energy is needed by the system to sufficiently cool your home. The better the rating, the more bang you get for your buck. If you plan to replace your air conditioner anytime soon, definitely look for an energy-efficient model.

2. Schedule routine professional HVAC maintenance.

Even if your air conditioner isn’t showing signs of problems, a professional tune-up keeps things running smoothly. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

3. Properly inspect and care for your unit personally.

You can look for mechanical problems yourself by visually inspecting your air conditioner every month or two. Ensure that the units (indoor and outdoor) are clean and free from clutter, cracks, and dents.

4. Change your air filter as often as the manufacturer recommends.

To prevent your air conditioner from overworking itself, never allow your air filter to clog. Check the package to ensure that you are changing the filter as often as necessary.

How Can ABE Heating & Cooling Help?

As a licensed Rheem dealer, we can introduce you to some of the most energy-efficient and cost-effective systems currently available on the market. ABE Heating and Cooling offers great products with iron-clad warranties and superior installation services, all at manageable prices suitable for any budget. We are located in Brighton, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area, and if you would like to learn more about high-efficiency furnaces please contact us today to discuss the possibilities.