During these amazing summer days many of us are relying on our air conditioners to keep us cool and comfortable. Like any electrical appliance, air conditioners do wear out, so let us share with you some tips to know when it’s time to replace your air conditioner.
Energy Efficiency – Air conditioners have an average life span of around ten years. Once your air conditioner becomes older than that, it’s energy efficiency can reduce by up to 30%. Older air conditioners are also unlikely to have modern accessories to make it more energy efficient. Newer models can have sensors, timers, economy functions and Wifi controls, which all make air conditioners more efficient and therefore can save you money.
Inconsistent Temperatures – If you air conditioner is blowing no air, little air, or only blowing cool air and just not seeming to be working as well, then it could be due for a service. Or it could mean that the refrigerant levels are low, the compressor could need replacing, or the filters or pipes are blocked. If this is occurring it’s important to get a professional to help. Regular servicing may be a solution, but sometimes if it’s a complex repair and your unit is old, then it may be a better option to upgrade your unit to a newer air conditioning system.
Unusual Smells – Air conditioners are not supposed to smell strange, so if your unit smells musty or you can see any water leaking, then this needs to be checked immediately. Water leaking can mean that the insulation and/or ductwork are mouldy due to excess moisture being present. Any mould spores can then be blown through your air conditioner and into the environment, which can affect your health. Please get this checked as soon as you notice it.
Strange Noises – Your air conditioner is not necessarily silent, as you can hear the air flow if the fan is turned up high, but if you start hearing louder unusual sounds, or grinding or buzzing sounds for example, then you will need to get your air conditioner checked. Sometimes it can just mean minor repairs, but sometimes it can mean your unit is at the end of its lifespan.
Electricity Bills Increase – If your electricity bills increase suddenly, then it would be a great idea to check your air conditioner’s performance. If you have an older unit, then it may be working overtime to maintain temperatures. As your air conditioner ages, it’s cooling capacity can decrease which means it begins staying on longer to meet its requirements, this can therefore increase your energy costs.
If you notice any of the above changes in your air conditioner, then please call us on 0490 333 461. Our team can visit your home or office to provide your with a quote on repair costs.
Considering how much use your air conditioner gets, it’s also really important to get your air conditioner checked at least yearly. Professional servicing helps maintain your unit’s efficiency so it can achieve its optimum performance!