As the end of summer nears, it’s important to set aside time to check on your air conditioning system. Spring Hill residents know how hot it gets, which means the AC is most likely running non-stop. As temperatures slowly start to come down, it’s a good time to change the air filter, and schedule a tune-up and assessment of your HVAC system. If you’ve had the same system for over 10 years you may have noticed some changes in your sytem’s cooling capacity and effectiveness. Here are three tell-tale signs that your AC may be wearing out.
One way to tell if your system is working is by how well it cools and dehumidifies your home. The evaporator coil works to remove heat and humidity from the indoor air, exchanging hot air through the refrigeration process, plus condensing water vapor from the air. This collected moisture drains outdoors. If you notice increased humidity in your home and your home doesn’t feel as cool as it used to, it could mean the evaporator coil is not doing its job. This is likely the result of a worn and aged coil, so it may be time to upgrade your unit.
High Energy Bills
If you notice a gradual increase in your utility bills, that may mean your AC is no longer running efficiently. As the unit ages, the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) will not be the same as when you first bought it. The SEER number refers to how efficiently your AC is running, and as it ages, the effectiveness decreases. The harder it has to work to cool your home, the more you will have to pay. Consider upgrading to a new high-efficiency air conditioning unit with a higher SEER to save money on your energy bills.
As a general rule, most air conditioning units have a lifespan of 10–15 years. After this time frame, repairing your old unit may no longer be worthwhile, and it is time for a new one. Your unit will begin to break down more often and decrease in efficiency, causing you to spend more all around. It’s helpful to schedule annual preventative maintenance tune-ups to extend your AC’s life.
Florida gets very hot during the summer, so it is important to keep your AC unit running smoothly. For more information, or help assessing if you need a new AC unit, call Seneca Air Conditioning, Inc. at 866-881-5935.
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