Is It Time To Retire Your Air Conditioner?
Although many of us tend to shut off our AC at the end of the summer and forget about it until next season, now is the time to take a critical look at your cooling system and decide if it’s time to retire your air conditioner. There are a few key indicators that will tell you it’s time to send your unit out to pasture.
Is Your System 10 Years or Older?
While ten may seem young to retire, when it comes to air conditioners this is the average lifespan. Units are designed to last for roughly ten to fifteen years before you start to encounter serious system failures and costly repairs. In addition to this, units that are ten years old or older likely still use a harmful refrigerant called R22, more commonly known as Freon. This type of refrigerant was slowly phased out of the industry, but as of January 1, 2020, you can no longer import or produce R22 in Canada or the United States. This means homeowners will be caught in a bind if their unit has a leak and needs to be charged with R22 and be forced to retire their AC unit.
Hearing Unusual Sounds?
If your air conditioner is so loud that everyone in the neighbourhood knows when it’s turned on, it’s probably time to get it replaced. Loud grinding, rattling, and banging noises are an indication that the parts within your AC unit are failing. If you notice noises like these coming from your unit, you should shut it off immediately and call a professional technician. These sounds mean that a part is damaged within the system, like a worn compressor or broken or noisy fan can lead to catastrophic failure if left untreated.
Noticeable Moisture and Leakage?
While some condensation around an air conditioner is normal, frost or ice around the refrigeration lines outside or pooling water around the base of your furnace is not. If you notice excess water around your unit, shut it off right away as it is either the cause of a blocked drain, refrigerant leak or a failure within your furnace fan. If the leak is in fact refrigerant, as older refrigerants are relatively colourless and odourless. Refrigerants can be very harmful to your health, so be sure to call a professional if you notice excessive moisture and leakage coming from your unit.
If you’re ready to retire your air conditioner, contact the HVAC experts at HAMCO for a free estimate and find the right system for your home comfort needs.
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