5 Signs It’s Time To Replace the Air Conditioning

Aug 26, 2021 | Air Conditioning

Commercial air conditioning is a significant investment but can be essential at times when summers tend to become hotter and winters cooler. You can do plenty to safeguard your investment and make the system last as long as possible but there will come a time when you need to replace the air conditioning system. This can be a tricky decision but there are signs that will indicate when it’s inevitable or is the preferred option.

1. Age

Most air conditioning systems in the UK will tend to last an average of 10-15 years before replacement is needed. The actual length of time will depend on the quality of the system, how often it’s used and whether it’s maintained regularly. So a good system that’s the right size for your property will last longer than an inferior one, especially if it’s looked after properly. Nevertheless, it will eventually become less dependable, less efficient and will need to be replaced as it gets older.

2. Reduced Reliability

You need a system that is dependable and won’t let you down when the weather is hot. Although you can ensure this to some degree by regular air conditioning maintenance, there may come a time when the system starts to experience problems and breaks down frequently. When repairs start to become expensive as well as annoying and if replacement parts are difficult to obtain due to the system’s age, it’s time to get a new system.

3. Decreasing Efficiency

Although your system may keep working, it may not do this as well as it used to. The airflow may not be good or as cool as previously, certain zones may not be cooled properly, you may notice water or coolant leakage or there may be unusual sounds from the system such as banging or rattling. All these are signs of faults that may be serious and are likely to get worse. So you need to have them attended to and, if they’re really expensive or impossible to fix, a new system is needed.

4. Increased Energy Bills

The cost of running the system can obviously fluctuate depending on weather conditions and how much you use it. However, if energy bills are constantly increasing even if usage is stable and unit costs haven’t risen, this could indicate the system is losing efficiency and its time to replace the air conditioning system as It is having to work harder to achieve the same results and that’s a sign it may be nearing the end of its life.

5. Outdated Refrigerant

Older systems use a refrigerant called R-22 Freon, which is known to harm the environment and has been banned under the F-Gas regulations. If your system has this refrigerant, you can continue to use it. The problem, however, occurs if refrigerant levels fall and need to be topped up. If this happens, you won’t be able to obtain R-22 Freon and will need a new system with an acceptable refrigerant.

Ensuring Long Life for Your Air Conditioning System

Air conditioning systems have a finite life like anything else but here at Bachelor Air Conditioning & Refrigeration company we can ensure you get the most from your system by:

  • advising on the right type and size of system for your property
  • only supplying top quality systems that are installed correctly and so will last for a long time
  • providing regular servicing and maintenance to prevent expensive breakdowns and ensuring your system runs at peak efficiency.

With our help and expertise, we can help you to replace the air conditioning system and we will give many years of great service.

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