Though you may not believe it, spring will eventually come, and, with it, all the cleaning and prep for ensuring your Air Conditioner is summer-ready.
The first thing to consider on your spring to-do list shouldn’t be beating the rugs. At the top of your list should be Spring HVAC maintenance and Air Conditioner care. Changing the filters, listening to the hum of the Air Conditioner, and ensuring the outdoor area is debris-free are standard spring duties, but you should keep an eye on older systems that might need to be replaced.
We’re no longer shovelling snow off our decks but there are more cook-outs and get-togethers are just around the corner – and you’re going to want a nice, cool house to escape to when your Uncle Frank corners you on the deck, rattling the latest stats of his favourite baseball team. Who invited him, anyway?
Be proactive by looking out for these three signs that it’s time to replace your Air Conditioner so you don’t get stuck in the heat of summer.
It’s older than Methuselah
Okay, Methuselah was likely older than 15 years, but if your unit is close to that or even older, it may be time to consider an update. Though modern air conditioners can usually last longer than 10 years, as they head toward 12 or 15, their efficiency lessens, especially in older models. That inefficiency could cause higher utility bills and more money for repairs. Of course, regular maintenance means your A/C will likely withstand the test of time, and your repair person can alert you to potential issues.
While any one of our technicians is in your home, feel free to ask them about your home comfort system—we are always happy to explain things. If we don’t have the answer on hand, we will definitely know someone who does.
A Low SEER Rating
Air Conditioners that are older than average are likely to have a lower SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This number explains how efficient your system is. Today, the minimum SEER for a new Air Conditioner is 13 and the highest is around 25, but older models can have a SEER of 10 or even less. If your system is on the lower end, keep an eye out for its efficiency – lower ratings mean higher bills.
Some units, whether improperly sized or improperly installed, may cause extra maintenance issues. If you’ve had to call for more-than-average maintenance, this may the case for your unit. Call us for a second opinion on your system to ensure it’s the right size and in the best space. All these issues force your system to work harder than it should – and that could mean an early replacement.
How to Know for Sure
These are all indicators that your system might need an upgrade or a replacement, but you can’t know until a professional has a look. Yearly maintenance can ensure your system lasts for the long haul and having someone who knows your system and can check when things seem off is the best way to know whether it’s time to replace your A/C. If you think it’s time for an update or you’d like to schedule a yearly checkup, contact our team. Our HVAC professionals can explain not only when it’s time to replace your Air Conditioning unit, but they can also help you decide what system would be best for a replacement.
Your peace of mind is our goal. We will assess your plumbing system, heating and air conditioning systems and electrical system with 4 annual preventative maintenance checks. This will ensure they are in safe operating condition and you continue to get the longevity desired out of these systems. You will receive a detailed report of our findings and we will always explain any concerns. We will make you aware of any potential emergencies before they become disruptive problems and educate you as to any enhancements which you may find beneficial.
Why Work with Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical
Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical takes great pride in being a name that Kamloops and surrounding communities can depend on. Over the more than 20 years we’ve been in business, we’ve been able to solve all manner of plumbing, HVAC and electrical issues, so there’s no job too difficult for us!