It’s important for homeowners to keep their central air conditioning units working properly. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the warning signs that indicate they need service. However, below are a few examples of when you need to have a professional look at your air conditioning systems. Knowing when to service the units can save hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Repair or Replace Central Air Conditioning Units Over 15 Years Old
In a perfect world, people would never need to replace central air systems. In reality, the units only have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. The more often that people schedule service for the units, the longer they last. If a unit is 15 years old, however, the parts are likely to deteriorate.
Experts can tell homeowners if their systems need major repairs. In fact, they can also let you know whether you can get a few more years out of the unit. Of course, upgrading units that are at least 10 years old benefits all homeowners in terms of energy costs.
Find Out the SEER Rating
Just because a central air conditioning unit works, doesn’t mean it’s not the time to upgrade. Homeowners have to pay attention to the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). After 2006, the minimum SEER in the United States was 13. Those with units that have lower SEERs need to get new AC systems.
While replacing an AC unit is more expensive up front, it saves homeowners tons of money in energy costs. Moreover, it also ensures they do their part to protect the environment.
Determine the Refrigerant That Units Use
The most common reason why people need air conditioning service is because their units are out of refrigerant. The most popular refrigerant for older model AC systems is R22. However, manufacturers won’t be able to use this refrigerant by 2020 because of new environmental standards. What does this mean for homeowners that still need R22 for their units?
The price of R22 refrigerant is on the rise. While it’s still available, most manufacturers have already switched to the new refrigerant that meets environmental standards. Instead of paying the inflated price, homeowners need to talk to AC experts about getting new units.
Pay Attention to How Often the AC Runs
Another clear sign that people need AC service is their units working overtime. AC systems that work properly can cool houses quickly, even on hot days. However, when they start to fail, they have trouble lowering the temperature in the house.
Homeowners have to pay attention to how often their AC systems turn on. If they start running more than normal, it’s time to have experts look at them. Specifically, a simple repair can save homeowners from costly energy bills during the spring and summer.
Count on Platinum Plumbing and Heating for All Your AC Needs
If you need central AC repair or replacement, look no further than the experts at Platinum Plumbing and Heating. We want to keep your home comfortable all year around. For example, we offer cooling, plumbing and heating services, including:
- Heat pumps
- Leaky and clogged pipe repair
- Central air unit repair
- Water heater repair and replacement
- Heating and cooling services
At Platinum Plumbing and Heating, we also believe in providing high-quality, reliable service. That’s why we offer a Platinum Shield package. When you have Platinum Shield, you enjoy preferential scheduling on all of our services. Furthermore, we can also provide annual maintenance to keep your central heating and cooling units working great all the time.
Don’t trust your heating and cooling needs to just any company. Count on Platinum Plumbing and Heating so that you can rest easy. Call us today at 866-501-1728 to learn more about our services.