Weather has already begun to warm up in McKinney, TX and soon enough spring will be here. If you’ve noticed any troubling symptoms with your cooling system, you may be wondering if it’s time to replace your unit. Even if your system is well-maintained, the typical lifespan of an air conditioning system is 10-15 years. This will vary based on how often you use your air conditioner, in addition to other factors. However we’ve listed some strong signs that your AC may be reaching the end of its lifecycle below.
You’ve Noticed Excessive Dust and/or Noise
Have you noticed more dust in your home than typical? Your air filters may be clogged, or there could be leaks in your ductwork. Damaged ductwork compromises the efficiency of your system, which will increase your operating costs over time. If the problem is noise, there may be something loose in your system. This may be repairable, but many times this is a sign that your system is just about ready to be replaced.
Your Utility Bills Have Increased
According to Energy.gov, your HVAC system can make up almost half of your utility costs, making it the most expensive appliance in your household. With this in mind, naturally you want to know that your system is running as efficiently as possible. Are you paying more than your neighbors? If your energy use is comparable to theirs, the problem may be that your system isn’t running as efficiently as it once was.
Your Home is Becoming Increasingly Humid
While dehumidifiers can help eliminate excess moisture, a properly functioning air conditioner naturally removes at least some humidity from the air. Therefore, if excessive humidity is making your living space uncomfortable when it wasn’t before, there may be a problem with your AC unit. Excess moisture is more than just uncomfortable, it can damage your home. Usually, the cost of repairing this type of problem in an aging system is not worth the amount of life that remains in your AC.
Call the people who care, Oaks Heat & Air! We provide air conditioning services in McKinney, TX and the surrounding areas.