Sunday, September 21st, 2014
The average homeowner isn’t an expert on air conditioning systems, but learning a few basics can be a real help if your A/C stops working on a hot, sticky summer afternoon. Among the more important things to know is when to repair your system and when to consider replacement. Under some circumstances, a simple repair may extend air conditioner life span for several seasons. In other cases, replacing it may smarter, both in terms of reliable home comfort and your budget. So how do you know when it’s worth repairing and when it isn’t? Here are three important factors that can help you decide:
If your system is more that 10-15 years old, chances are it’s approaching time for replacement. Typically, systems that have been in service that long will become a headache for homeowners, needing frequent repairs and running less efficiently. On the other hand, if your system is less than 10 years old, having it repaired may be the best option – and don’t forget routine maintenance, since it’s been proven to extend air conditioner life span.
Does your home feel sticky even when the A/C is running? This can be caused by deteriorating A/C performance, an oversized or undersized system, or leaky ductwork. You’ll likely need the help of an HVAC professional to determine whether you need a new A/C system to solve the problem, or just some mechanical adjustments or duct sealing work.
If energy consumption by your A/C system is rising, installing a newer, more efficient system likely will best serve your budget. An older system can have a SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio, as low as 8. Trading up to a new system with a SEER rating of at least 15 can cut energy consumption by over 40 percent.
For more information on determining air conditioner life span or any other home comfort concerns, please contact us at Comfort Services, Inc. We take pride in providing complete solutions for every cooling and heating challenge faced by Aberdeen, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Sanford, Laurinburg and Whispering Pines homeowners.