Seven Signs it’s Time to Upgrade to a New Air Conditioning System
The light spring breeze may be enough to keep you cool right now, but hot weather is just around the corner. One common mistake homeowners make this time of year is to put off replacing their outdated air conditioner in an attempt to squeeze one last summer out of it … until it suddenly breaks down in the middle of a scorching July day. By continuing to use an old air conditioning system, especially one more than ten years old, you’re not just depriving yourself of reliability – you’re also missing out on cutting-edge developments in air conditioning technology.
So when is it time to cut ties with your current central air conditioning system and upgrade to a brand new one? Look out for these tell-tale signs that now is the time for an upgrade:
- Old age: If your air conditioner is over a decade old, it’s probably not operating nearly as efficiently as it used to and lacks many new features and capabilities now standard with today’s new systems.
- Low efficiency: If the highest potential SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of your current air conditioner is lower than 14, it’s time for a new system. Today’s Carrier’s Infinity® series models are capable of efficiency levels up to 21 SEER.
- Refrigerant Leak: When refrigerant leaks, it immediately evaporates into gas. Besides being damaging to the environment, leaked refrigerant is harmful to inhale, causing a variety of health problems including nausea, headache and even asphyxiation. Air conditioners don’t absorb refrigerant; if your air conditioner is depleted of it, there could be a leak.
- Inconsistent cooling: If your cooling is spotty and uneven from room to room, there is probably a blockage or malfunction occurring in the system. A Mitsubishi ductless mini-split could provide the supplemental cooling power you need.
- Strange noises: An air conditioner shouldn’t operate at a loud volume. Clinking and clanking indicate internal problems.
- Foul odors: Pungent smells could indicate mold accumulation inside your ductwork or in the unit itself.
- Your A/C utilizes Refrigerant R-22: R-22 refrigerant is being phased out in response to growing environmental concerns. As a result, the refrigerant is becoming costlier and soon won’t be available at all. Carrier models use an environmentally friendly alternative known as Puron®.