If your current air conditioner is not cooling as much as you would like, you may not need to replace it yet. Central Air Conditioners like heat pumps can last 15 years or more, so if it’s not that old, you may have one of these problems:
Not regularly serviced
Air conditioners, like cars need tune ups regularly. Typically an air conditioner unit should be serviced at least once a year. A service visit typically includes tasks such as a filter change, coil cleaning, and refrigerant fill among other things. Regular service tune ups extend the life of the appliance. In addition, you should remove leaves and debris from around the unit. To learn about putting your home’s appliances on regular service plans, check out our Guardian Maintenance program.
Dirty coils and filter inside the house
If you’ve been neglecting regular AC tune ups, it is more than likely that the filter and coils on the air handling unit or furnace inside your house are dirty and clogging up the operation. Not only does this affect the operation of your air conditioner unit, it wears down the equipment, decreasing life expectancy.
Leaky or improperly sealed ducts
When was the last time you had someone check your duct work? Leaky ducts are common, especially in the attic area. Old ducts likely don’t need to be replaced but simply resealed and insulated.