Airconditioner is a significant investment. Is it worth it to keep putting in more money to fix your AC unit or is it wiser to buy a new one? There are some factors that can help you to determine whether or not to get a new air conditioner or to just maintain and fix your air conditioner. Here are some of them.
Age of Airconditioner
One sure-fire way to know whether to replace it or not is to take the age of your air conditioner and multiply it by how much it will cost to do repairs after getting a quote from companies like DCSQ. If the number is over five thousand, then it’s probably better to get a newer air conditioner. You don’t want to keep wasting your money on something that will keep breaking down over and over again.
Is it energy efficient?
If your air conditioner is decades old, it’s probably using a tonne of voltage. Most older units are not equipped with new technology that cuts down electricity usage significantly. If you notice you keep spending too much money on your power bill, it’s time to change to a new unit preferably one with an inverter that reduces power usage. Consider changing your unit maybe after you’ve had it running for 15 years.
Is it Leaking
If you continue to need top ups with refrigerant, that might indicate that there is a constant leak. Fixing leaks and buying more refrigerant can add up and may cost just as much as buying a new basic air conditioning unit. It might just be worth it to get a new one that doesn’t leak.
Can you Replace it with a Used unit?
If you really need to replace your AC unit but can’t afford it, you might need to think about getting a used unit that’s already proven to be energy efficient. Just make sure it works and has been maintained properly before you buy it. Check out its history and ask why it’s being sold to make sure you’re not getting a lemon.
Is Your Air-Con In Bad Shape?
There are several signs you can check to ensure your air conditioner is not in a bad shape
Does the air being blow out not match the temperature setting?
An older unit that blows out warm air when it should be blowing cool air is a clear problem. If wear and tear has affected your air-con and is not doing it's intended job then you might have a problem. Inconsistent temperate changes in one setting are also a sign of the issue to.t may be something simple such as low refrigerant levels, or something big, like a damaged or failing compressor. We’d advise that you give us a call to have it checked.
Is the air-conditioners airflow less than usual?
There will be a noticeable decrease in the flow of cold air coming out of the vents. This may be because the the air conditioner’s compressor is on its way out. Before calling DCSQ, check the temperature setting; if you think you have set it correctly and it is still too warm, you could have a problem. If your unit has been regularly serviced and is well maintained gives a call to check it out for you.
Is your air-conditioner too noisy or there is odour coming out of it?
Modern home and office air-conditioners are generally quite. There should be at most a gentle hum coming out of the unit. If your unit consistently makes a noice that is greater, then it should most definitely be checked out by a technician. Sounds such as banging, scraping or rattling noises should be investigated as soon as possible before causing any additional issues.
Does your air-conditioner lear or drip?
Small drips outside of the external air-conditioner unit are acceptable, which may have been caused by condensation. Leaks that are in the internal unit inside the home or office are usually a sign of wear and tear. If your air-conditioner unit leaks, give DCSQ a call. You might put yourself in harms way if you try to fix it yourself as a technician will be required for the job.
Does your air-conditioner switch on and off by itself?
Depending on the type of unit you have, the settings of the air-conditioner might have it switch on and off after it senses the ambient temperature in the room. However if it is more irregular than your expectations, then it might be a sign of several problems. Short cycles aren’t a good thing as it creates more significant wear and tear on your system, and it can break down entirely if the problem’s not diagnosed and fixed
Is your electric bill rising?
Another sign of your air-conditioner's faults is the electricity bill. If you are noticing that your bill is rising without much change in your air-conditioner consumption habits, then it usually is a sign that your unit needs more power consumption to create the same amount of cooling. It’s overworking due to age or poor servicing, and the inefficient unit will show up on your bill!