The hot weather still has plans for us in Salt Lake City—even when the season officially clicks over to fall, we can expect our home cooling systems to continue to chug away providing relief from the blistering heat.
But this is still a good time of the year to stop and think about your home’s air conditioning system and its future. Maybe you don’t need to think about it as hard as your children’s future or your own career. The air conditioner, however, is a vital part of your home comfort and you spend hundreds of dollars a year operating it. It’s a significant investment, and you should know when the time has come to replace it with a new system.
Those Tough Questions to Ask About Your Cooling System
First, how old is your home’s AC? If you don’t know (probably because the air conditioner was already in place when you moved in), you can find out on the nameplate for the system. This metal plate is attached to the outdoor condenser cabinet, often on the back of the unit. You may see a manufacturer’s date, or MFR DATE. This isn’t the exact installation date, but it’s close enough. If there’s no manufacturer’s date, write down the model number and serial number. You can do a web search of these numbers and the brand to find the manufacturer’s date.
If the manufacturer’s date is older than 15 years, it’s time for a new AC. The system may continue to run for a few more years, but at a higher risk of failing and turning energy inefficient. You can take advantage of great new models to start saving energy.
Second, and since we’re down here looking at the nameplate, what type of refrigerant does the AC use? If the nameplate has R-22 (or just 22) listed, then the system has out-of-date refrigerant that’s about to be phased-out entirely. Have a new R-410A unit installed.
Third, is your air conditioner doing the job you expect from it? Think about comfort in your home over the summer. If you had trouble with hot spots, higher humidity, or you needed to turn down the thermostat more than normal to receive standard cooling power, the AC is telling you it’s ready to retire.
Fourth, have you noticed a rise in electrical costs over the summer you didn’t expect? The problem may be as simple as leaving a clogged air filter in the AC. But it may also be a sign the air conditioner is running down and draining more power than necessary as it wobbles toward obliteration.
When the time comes to stop asking questions and start calling for professional air conditioning services in Salt Lake City, UT, you only need to call our number. We can assess your current cooling system and help you make the right choice about whether to repair or replace it. We have the confidence to back up our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we’re here around the clock when you need rapid repair service.