Summertime is baseball season, the great American past time; summertime is also the season that some people find out they need a new air conditioning system. It starts with the unit just not cooling the way it used to (STRIKE 1), next the condensate drains chokes (STRIKE 2) and finally after making a sound that you’ve never heard before, the unit just stops running (STRIKE 3). It’s hard to admit that this wonderful and reliable part of your home has reached its’ last inning. A new air conditioning system is a whole new game too, with technology shifts that make knowing what to buy a real task.
How do you know it’s time for a new air conditioning system?
Like most things, it starts with age. All things have a life expectancy, even air conditioners. A home air conditioning system last approximately 10 to 15 years depending on where in the country you reside (here in Kennewick they last a little to the long side) and the maintenance they have had during their usage. Yes, I’m going to remind you here to get a service contract on your unit!
Trouble will probably start with you noticing the unit just isn’t cooling the way it should. Maybe it’s running a little longer to get to the set point. This behavior is a definite sign you are nearing the time for a new air conditioning system.
Next thing you know, the condensate line clogs and you have water leaking everywhere. This is another sign that a new air conditioning system may be in your future. It’s also a sign you’re not changing your filters enough.
Finally, that air conditioner that has been running a little noisier then it should; makes a loud screeching sound and just flat stop running. This is usually a positive sign that you need a new air conditioning system.
Yep, strike 3 and time to get that old unit out and get a new air conditioning system.
Should the new air conditioning system be the same?
Chances are at the point you are installing a new air conditioning system, it has been a good 10 to 15 years from the last time. If that’s the case, you need to call someone like my friends at Chinook in Kennewick. They know what’s new and they know what will work best for you in your specific climate and application. They’ll make sure your new air conditioning system is the best fit for you.
My friends at Chinook in Kennewick constantly remind me of the different types of systems like:
- Evaporative systems
- Split Systems
- Heat Pumps
- Central air and heat
- The list goes on and on
Knock it out of the part when you look for a new air conditioning system. Work closely with your HVAC company and ask questions. Live in the Kennewick area and want to talk to real professionals in the HVAC game, call Chinook Heating and Air Condition in Kennewick at 509.736.1211. They’ll help you hit a home run with your new air conditioning system.