An air conditioning system is something many of us have come to rely on, both in the home and workplace. With the unpredictable British climate (and especially with weather like the heatwave of summer 2018), it’s a worthwhile expenditure to keep us comfortable.
You’ll certainly notice the difference if your AC unit stops working and when this is the case, it becomes an urgent necessity to replace it. Rather than waiting for it to pack in altogether, it’s better to spot the warning signs that your system may be on its way out, so you can do something about it before it’s too late.
It’s important to have your air conditioning system maintained regularly by a professional to extend its lifespan for as long as possible, but even the best-maintained AC units can’t last forever and will succumb to old age.
The average lifespan of an AC unit is around 15 years. When you buy a top-quality brand, it may have a longer lifespan, especially if it has been properly looked after, but if you notice something a little off and if your AC is near the recommended replacement age, have a professional take a look.
End of lifespan
If you’ve had your old system for around its expected lifespan of 15 years, you may find it’s increasingly difficult (and sometimes impossible) to get parts for its repairs. If you do find the parts, they may cost a lot, because they’re becoming obsolete.
When frequent breakdowns and recurring repair services are required, you could find yourself spending more on the air conditioning, just to keep it ticking over. If this is the case, it may be time to start looking for a replacement system.
Ineffective air conditioning
If your energy bills are increasing, this could be a sign your AC is on its way out. Older models usually consume more than 2,000KW of electricity per year. The AC system’s efficiency is measured by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. A low SEER means it could cost a lot to repair.
The latest generation of air conditioners must have a rating of 13 or higher. If your existing AC’s SEER rating is below 13, it means it’s consuming more energy and will be costing you more, yet it may be working less efficiently.
If the room doesn’t seem to be getting any colder and you’re having a hard time adjusting it to the ideal temperature, this is a major sign that your AC needs renewing. The whole purpose of AC is that it maintains a stable temperature, so if it’s changing the temperature without you touching it, this is a bad sign.
In addition, if it’s making odd noises to the point of causing noise pollution, this is not good. It’s time to call in an engineer! A low hum is normal but if the noises are rattling, grinding, clanking, banging, clicking or whining, it’s likely you have broken or loose parts.
Don’t wait until your AC packs in altogether. If it’s reaching the end of its expected lifespan, or if it’s showing signs of wear, Klima-Therm’s specialist air conditioning engineers can help.
We stock a large range of high-quality air conditioning products which we will supply and install. Our after-care services will ensure a comfortable climate for your workplace or home all year round.
For more details, please contact us for a no-obligation chat.