Our temperatures may still be on the cooler side for now, but as any New Mexico resident knows, when summer hits, it hits hard. At that time you’ll want to make sure you have a reliable air conditioning system on your hands. So if you noticed any troubling symptoms last year, it may be time to consider an AC replacement.
The typical lifespan of a well-maintained air conditioner is 10-15 years. This is of course dependent on a variety of factors, such as the make and model of the unit as well as how often it is used. We’ve listed some symptoms below that indicate it may be time for your aging system to retire.
Rising Utility Bills
Your heating and cooling costs actually make up about half of all your energy costs, costing you more money than any other system in your home. So naturally, you’ll want to ensure your system is running as efficiently as it can. Ask around: if your neighbors are paying less than you in energy bills despite your comparable usage, then your air conditioner might not be running and effectively as it used to. This is typically the sign of an aging system preparing to break down.
Too Much Dust or Noise
Have you noticed a constant presence of dust in your home, when you haven’t before? First, be sure to check your air filters, and then have your ductwork inspected. A leak in your ductwork can compromise the efficiency of your AC unit, increasing its operating costs. Excessive noise is another sign that your system is failing. If something is loose in your AC unit then it can be damaging the rest of the system. If repairs have been unsuccessful, then it can very well be time for a replacement.
Your air conditioner, when functioning correctly, naturally removes some of the humidity from your indoor air. Too much moisture makes your living space uncomfortable, plus it can cause damage within your home. While a dehumidifier will help with this, there’s only so much it can do if it’s paired with an inefficient AC system.
This symptom is a sign of a problem with your system overall. Should you notice this problem or any of the above mentioned issues, then it may simply not be worth the amount of life left in your system to have repairs done.
For system replacement or air conditioning installation in Santa Fe, NM, contact Glorieta Creek Mechanical LLC today.