On average, most air conditioning systems can last anywhere between 15 and 25 years without replacement.
However, that isn’t a hard and fast rule – how long your air conditioner lasts depends on a range of different factors, including:
- System type
- Frequency of air conditioner maintenance
- Good old-fashioned luck
Giving a solid estimate for your air conditioner’s life is a bit of a risky undertaking.
Figuring out when your air conditioner needs to be replaced, however? Now that’s much easier to answer!
The team at Tri-Tech want to see you stay comfortable. Our experts have performed air conditioning replacement in Brisbane for 30 years now.
Here are just a couple of the problems we see pop up time and time again…
1) You’ve Sprung a Leak
All air conditioning systems generate moisture – that’s a completely normal side-effect of how the cooling process works.
When everything’s working as intended, all this moisture stays behind the scenes, and doesn’t drip out into your home.
Needless to say, if you notice leaks inside your home or in your air conditioner’s outdoor unit, you may have a problem on your hands!
Leaks are commonplace in old air conditioning systems:
- Pipes and ducts can wear out over time
- FIlters clog, and become less effective
- Your drainage system may suffer from faults
- Drain pans can rust-through, causing leaks
The first thing you’ll want to do is organise an inspection with a specialist – water and electricity don’t mix, after all.
In certain cases, this can necessitate air conditioning repairs – in others, complete replacement!
2) Strange Sound
We’re all familiar with the quiet, low hum of your air conditioning system.
Under ideal conditions, that should be the only sound your air conditioner emits. Needless to say, strange sounds like grinding, screeching, chattering or squeaking are never normal.
In some cases, it’s a sign that an individual part has become loose, or a mechanism has become clogged. An air conditioning technician in Brisbane can help you diagnose whether the problem lies with a single part or component.
More likely however, it’s a sign that there’s a serious problem with your air conditioning unit – one that necessitates a complete unit replacement!
2.5) And the same goes for unexpected smells!
In the same way unexpected sounds can indicate a problem with your air conditioner, so too can strange smells.
Your air conditioner should be odourless – anything else can signal a problem.
While certain smells may be the result of a clogged filter, others like smokey or burning smells indicate serious issues, which may require complete air conditioning replacement.
3) Your Air Conditioning System Just Isn’t Doing Its Job
Is your cooling system struggling to cool your home or business? Worse, is it blowing out hot air, even when set to cooling mode?
This is a common problem in many older air conditioning units. And in many cases, it can signal that your air conditioner’s condenser unit is on its last legs!
Inconsistent temperatures throughout the home (as well as hot and cold spots) are another common cause of inconsistent cooling.
Now, let’s be clear: a decrease in the amount of cool air your system delivers doesn’t automatically necessitate air conditioning replacement. It can mean many things:
- Blocked grills
- Low coolant
- Clogged ductwork
That said, it’s a good idea to prepare for the possibility of air conditioning replacement, just in case!
4) You Need Frequent Repairs
Our team of air conditioning experts strongly recommend getting your air conditioning system serviced by a professional on a regular basis – this should keep your system operating smoothly, and help you stay on top of problems as they arise.
While you may occasionally require an extra service or repair, a healthy air conditioning system should be able to go several years between major repairs.
Needless to say, any system that requires major fixes on a regular basis is probably in dire need of replacement!
It’s simply uneconomical to keep paying for air conditioning repairs at that point – especially if you’re already out of the warranty period. If your air conditioner requires frequent service, it may be time to permanently put that system to bed (ideally, with a shovel).
If You Recognise These Signs, Don’t Wait
Call Tri-Tech for air conditioning replacement in Brisbane!
Have you noticed any of these signs appearing in your air conditioner?
Is your system getting up there in years?
Are you struggling to keep your home at a comfortable temperature?
If you notice any of these problems with your air conditioner, it may be time to call a professional.
Our mobile tech team are your team to call. With 30 years of experience under our belts, we’ve seen everything there is to see when it comes to air conditioners.
We can help maintain and repair your air conditioner, fixing any problems we encounter and keeping your home comfy – if it’s more economical, we can replace it with a shiny new one.