Tips to Evaluating Your Air Conditioner: It May be Time to Replace It

Tips to Evaluating Your Air Conditioner: It May be Time to Replace It

Tips to Evaluating Your Air Conditioner: It May be Time to Replace ItNothing feels better during the warm, muggy Georgia summers than coming home to a cool, comfortable home. If your air conditioner isn’t working as it should, however, you may come home one day to find that your home is hot, humid and extremely uncomfortable. By evaluating your air conditioner using the tips below, you can learn when it’s time to replace your unit without the disappointment and frustration of an unexpected breakdown.

Age of the Unit

When evaluating your air conditioner, first take into account the unit’s age. If it is more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. Today’s Energy Star labeled appliances are more energy efficient than older models, so you can save considerably on your cooling bill.

Humidity Problems

Modern air conditioners help regulate humidity in the home via the condensor. It removes liquid in the air, making your home less humid. If you notice that your home is more humid than it usually is, it may be an indication of poor performance.

Frequent Repairs

If you’ve had to call the repair company more than a couple of times for your air conditioner, it’s a sign that your unit is less efficient than it should be. If you have had to add refrigerant more than one in the past couple of years you should definitely consider replacing it with a high-efficiency, low-energy model versus repairing the unit.

Strange Noises

All air conditioners have a particular hum to them, but they shouldn’t be noisy. If you hear clanging, banging, chattering or buzzing, call your HVAC contractor to identify where it’s coming from and the cause. There may be something wrong with the parts or refrigerant.

Uneven Room Temperatures

Central air conditioners should cool the rooms in your home evenly. If the indoor temperatures vary widely from one room to another, the air conditioner, ductwork or insulation could be the problem.

By evaluating your air conditioner and its performance regularly, you can stay one step ahead of a breakdown. For more information about air conditioning and ways to keep your home comfortable, contact Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving Fayette and Coweta counties since 1979.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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