How to tell it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit
Hello, and welcome back to the Ken’s Heating and Air Conditioning blog. Our AC company provides the Batavia area with personable service and incomparable work. We’re dedicated to making sure that all of our clients receive the HVAC service that they need at a reasonable price. While we’re constantly working with the Batavia and Cincinnati residents, we’re also doing our best to reach the entire population via this blog and give them as much insight into their HVAC systems as we can.
It’s been a hot summer here in Ohio. Between the scorching days and the high humidity, the thought of not having an AC unit to keep your home cool and comfortable is something nobody would want to come face to face with. On this warm August afternoon, we thought we’d discuss some of the ways that you can tell it’s time to replace your air conditioner. The value of a working and updated unit is higher than you may think, and here are a few ways to tell it’s time for a new AC installation.
It’s just not working that well
While this seems simple, you’d be surprised how many people wait until the very last moment to replace or repair their unit. Air conditioning systems, like most things, wear down with time. More often than not, the cause of a malfunctioning AC unit is due to old age. If your unit is barely working to keep your house cool, that could be a sign that it’s time for a replacement. Luckily, our AC company is talented in diagnostics and can help you find the easiest and least expensive route to take.
It’s always breaking down
If you have to call a technician three times a summer to repair your unit, then perhaps it’s time to look for a new one. While it’s not uncommon for an HVAC system to break down once and need a repair, the story changes when this happens more than once. The costs of a new replacement might seem high, but it’ll certainly pay off against all of the future repair costs. Additionally, a broken air conditioner likely wastes the same amount of energy as a working one, so you’re losing money that way too. Sometimes it’s best to just bite the bullet and purchase a new one.
It’s an older unit
AC units in your home or business that were designed and constructed before energy standards were updated are a great way for you to lose money. Newer HVAC systems were engineered with efficiency in mind. While it might seem a little bit pricey to have a newer, more energy-efficient model installed, it’s certainly going to pay off in the long run. Units with a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) or Energy Star label are going to use less energy to run, and therefore cost you less on your energy bill —an investment that will pay off in the long run.
It’s not automatic
Most HVAC installations today are implemented with a thermostat that detects the temperature in the environment and adjusts the power of the air conditioner. A manual, older air conditioner likely runs at one power all day, which is extremely inefficient especially if nobody is home. The better route to take would be to install an AC unit that monitors the temperature and adjusts accordingly. If your home is already at an ideal temperature, it won’t run. Ken’s Heating and Air Conditioning is experienced in installing working thermostats with our units, so you won’t have to worry about it not working.
Oftentimes, humidity is worse than the heat itself. Working air conditioners filter out the humidity and give your home that comfortable feeling. If your unit is older and outdated, this could lead to the dehumidifying parts malfunctioning. An AC unit should be both cooling the air and, obviously, conditioning it to be comfortable. One that isn’t working optimally is a waste of your money.
Thanks for stopping by and we hope this information was useful. For help with anything HVAC related, feel free to call Ken’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We’re Batavia’s favored AC company and we’re working hard to provide you with the services you need at a reasonable price.