Our recommendation is to regularly make sure that your HVAC unit is operating in tip-top shape. Regular maintenance extends the life of an air conditioning system, but when is it time to upgrade? How can you tell when it's passed its prime?
The answers depend on the age of the HVAC unit and the overall condition of the system. Generally, a quality HVAC unit has a lifespan of about ten to 15 years if you follow a proper maintenance schedule.
But knowing when to get a new HVAC unit is tricky, so to help you make an informed choice, here's how you can tell when it's time for an upgrade.
It's common for HVAC units to get small leaks in the coolant lines. Eventually, the coolant will run out and need replacing, which is standard maintenance. We have seen HVAC units that are relatively new but lose coolant faster than usual. This situation almost always points to faulty components and the need to replace or upgrade the system. Refilling coolant should only be a stopgap measure if it consistently is running out.
An aging HVAC unit won't push air as powerfully as it needs to move it. What happens is that low airflow makes the home dusty, stuffy, and more humid than usual. If you suffer from allergies, worsening flare-ups despite taking more medication could mean your HVAC unit is running very poorly and in need of upgrading or replacing.
Contact us to learn more about HVAC unit upgrades or additional services we provide. We strive to give our customers a range of options and never push the most expensive fix when a simple one will do.