Air conditioning units are reckoned to last between ten and twenty years before they need replacing. Consequently, once it’s past the ten-year mark, it’s increasingly possible that your system will need replacing.
These figures are, of course, just estimates and are based on industry averages. If your system is of a good quality, is frequently cleaned and maintained, and is relatively lightly used, it will last much longer than one that’s almost constantly on during the summer months and is never looked at. So don’t write off your system just because it’s reached a certain age.
All equipment tends to deteriorate with use and that applies equally to air conditioning although you can generally maintain levels relatively well with regular servicing. Signs of deterioration are if you feel less comfortable than previously, if a consistent temperature isn’t maintained in all the rooms or if your energy bills are increasing even though usage and rates haven’t changed. The latter is a sign that your system is having to work harder to maintain required temperatures, which may be due to blockages or failed components.
You may also notice strange noises coming from the system or odd smells. These can be due to a build-up of debris, melted wiring or some other fault that requires attention. It’s best to have the system inspected because problems may also lead to safety issues.
Increased Repair Frequency
System breakdowns are annoying, inconvenient and can be costly, but they are sometimes inevitable. If, however, repairs are required very frequently, they will eventually reach the point where the cost of repairs outweighs the cost of a new system. And with the latter, of course, you’ll get a full warranty that means you won’t have any repair costs for a few years.
The design of air conditioning systems is improving all the time so the newest units have increased efficiency and additional features, some of which you may find extremely useful. One of the biggest changes has been the discontinuance of R-22 Freon as a refrigerant due to the harm it causes to the environment. If you do have problems with the refrigerant, you may have no choice but to replace your system.
Lifetime Care of the System
Whether to repair or replace can be a difficult decision due to the costs involved and the host of factors you need to consider. If you’re in this situation, we can assess your system and advise you on the best course of action.
We supply high-quality systems that will work well for a long time, and we install them properly and make sure they operate effectively. After that, we provide lifetime care with a full maintenance and repair service that will keep your system running efficiently for as long as possible. And when you finally come to replace it, we can assess your needs and help you decide what to do.