Regardless of the age of your air conditioning unit, safety and prevention are always a concern. However, when your air conditioning unit is getting up there in age, it's even more important to keep a pulse on its overall condition and level of functioning.
As Your AC Ages, So Does the Need for Safety and Prevention
The older your air conditioning system is, the more likely it is that you will face poor energy circulation and ventilation in your home. This situation can lead to unwanted health issues, such as allergies.
An elderly AC may also not regulate temperatures as well as it once did. The good news is if you've kept up with your annual inspections over the lifespan of your HVAC system, many of these issues related to age can be avoided, or at least prevented for as long as possible.
Once your air conditioning unit hits the five to eight-year mark, you'll want to request more frequent HVAC inspections to stay on top of and avoid any unwanted issues.
Should You Buy a New Air Conditioning Unit or Keep Replacing Parts?
If your air conditioner is more than eight years old, then you might begin experiencing frequent issues with parts, such as the compressor. If this describes your situation, work with an HVAC expert to determine if it makes more sense to replace the parts or buy a new unit.
Another issue you might run into with an aging unit is a decrease in efficiency. If your unit was acquired before 2006, this could be more of an issue for you because strict efficiency standards were not put in place until 2006. Therefore, if your unit is more than ten years old, you would likely see increased savings with a new unit due to an increase in energy efficiency in today’s HVAC models.
Our technicians at Westberry Heating & Air Conditioning can help you to determine the current efficiency and safety of your unit and identify which repairs might be needed to get it running its best. Reach out to your local HVAC safety and prevention pros by contacting us today!