As people age, we expect to encounter a few of the same symptoms among our friends and family members. Some people may experience arthritis while others are deep in the throes of high cholesterol and blood pressure. Similarly, air conditioning systems often encounter some of the same problems as they get increasingly older. Your issue might seem rather trivial or it could be serious enough to warrant a major repair.
No matter what your circumstance is, you should prepare yourself for some of these common problems found in older air conditioning units. Are you experiencing any of these issues right now?
Higher Energy Bills
As time takes its toll on your air conditioner, you’re likely to find that your utility bills are rising quite a bit. The parts that comprise your unit may not be as efficient as they were when you first had it installed. Even one part that doesn’t run properly can affect the entire system and the overall cost for you at the end of the month.
Many units develop a refrigerant leak over time, causing them to blow warm air around your home. You might be able to temporarily solve the problem by adding more refrigerant to the unit. However, the leak will still drain your new supply rather quickly. Homeowners should be advised that a refrigerant leak is a very serious issue that can have long-term consequences for your home and health effects on your family. Be certain to have this issue looked at by a professional who is well qualified to handle refrigerant.
Do you find large chunks of ice covering the evaporator coils in your air conditioning unit? This could be caused by a few different things, but some of the potential causes are relatively simple to fix. First, you may need new air filters or a thorough cleaning of the entire unit by a professional HVAC technician. In an old unit that has rarely been serviced, this could easily be the cause of your problem.
Second, you might have a refrigeration leak that is causing the coils to become too cold and freeze over. These are the two most common causes for a frozen unit, but there may be others that you will encounter. Some of these can include broken fans or a bad condenser.
Wear and Tear
The average lifespan for an air conditioning unit is around ten years old. As your unit begins to approach this milestone birthday, it is normal to see more repairs that result from general wear and tear. You may have small pieces that need to be replaced or cleaned on a more regular basis after a decade of service during the sweltering summers.
When it comes to taking care of your home, getting an annual air conditioner maintenance plan can help you to avoid costly repairs. Classic Air Conditioning and Heating can give you the peace of mind you want and need while we take care of your older air conditioner. Contact us today to set up your first appointment!