The smell of flowers and spring is in the Conroe air, the sun is shining and the weather is mild. What else is there to think about other than enjoying this beautiful weather. The answer—Summer. Yes, those sweltering hot days of summer will be here before you know it. The question is not whether you are ready, the real question is your HVAC ready? If you haven’t thought about that yet, you should be Conroe air conditioning companies all over are swamped with HVAC tune-up calls. While it is important to keep your AC tuned up and in good working order; how do you know when your AC is about to be beyond repair? You need to keep a good eye on that because it is a major investment and you can’t let it sneak up on you. Here are three signs you can look for that tells you, it’s time to start saving for a unit.
Your Unit Has Reached Its Service Life Cycle
This is the most obvious and easy sign to diagnose. All appliances have an expected life cycle. When an appliance is close to this cycle it may very well run just as well but the risk that it will fail goes up exponentially. Similar to a car, the older your HVAC system is, the less efficient it runs and breaks down more often. A decent HCAV system has an average life cycle of 15 years, but even at 10 yrs, a unit can exhibit signs of extreme inefficiency or complete failure. The money you can save with a newer more efficient model from your local Conroe air conditioning company can make a worthy case for the investment. Once your unit approaches the 10-year mark it is wise to begin putting money away for a new unit.
Frequent Major Repairs
Keeping with the comparison to a car when your car starts needing frequent major repairs you begin to question whether the investment into the repairs is worth it. What if the car ends up breaking down beyond repair after you just spent a thousand to fix it? An HVAC system is no different, so if you keep needing major repairs on your unit, it is likely to move beyond repair very soon. The next time you call a Conroe air conditioning tech out, have them assess the health of the major components that haven’t failed yet before getting a repair done. A fuse here and there and a capacitor is usual, even a compressor once during the life cycle, but repeated major repairs spell trouble.
As your HVAC unit ages, it degrades in efficiency when it gets past the halfway mark of its life cycle. The degradation is gradual so sometimes it’s hard to notice. Most Conroe air conditioning companies will come out once a year and measure the energy efficiency of your unit. These inexpensive check-ups will provide you with a timeline of how long your unit has been running at less than optimal. When you start seeing steady significant degradation it is time to budget for a new unit. After all, the amount of money you are wasting in lost energy will offset the cost of a new unit once you gain that efficiency back. Some examples of this condition are:
• Running for longer periods of time to cool your home
• Higher utility bills without a change in your routine
• Not cooling as well or needing coolant more often
Contact The Conroe Air Experts
If you’re feeling it’s time to get a new unit or if you are unsure if yours is nearing its end, call Cypress Creek AC and have one of our technicians evaluate your unit and provide you with cost effective options. Remember the best course of action is preemptive action.