A common question we get at Husky is, “How long do air conditioning systems last in Ontario?”
The answer directly is tied to how well the system is maintained. If you take good care of it, your AC system will last 10-15 years or longer.
As you can see, you have control over the answer to the question. Just like a car, with proper maintenance and regular tune-ups, you can, without a doubt, extend the useful life of your air conditioning system.
Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner
If you have an older AC unit—certainly one more than 15 years old—it’s time to consider an air conditioning upgrade.
Too Many AC Repairs
Does your cooling system need frequent repairs?
Early in the service life of an air conditioner, the need for repairs is rare, and if something comes up, it’s usually covered by a warranty. Repair costs definitely become a more significant concern for older systems that are out of warranty.
If your AC always seems to be on the fritz, the bills are probably piling up. At some point, it makes more sense to buy a new unit vs. continue to repair it.
Wrong AC Size
In many cases, bigger is better. But, this simply isn’t the case for air conditioning units. The wrong size AC will cost you more than one that is the proper size.
That’s because the unit is forced to work harder. If it is too small, it’ll struggle to cool your home, and if it is too big, it’ll cycle on and off constantly. Either way, the wrong size unit stresses your AC system and inflates your energy bills.
AC Making Loud Noises
Beyond keeping us cool at night, a properly functioning air conditioning unit produces soothing sounds that can lull us to sleep. If your AC has started making loud noises—buzzing, banging, hissing, squealing—it’s clearly telling you something is wrong.
Contact the professionals at Husky immediately; we’ll diagnose the problem and let you know if it’s repairable or if replacement is necessary.
AC Freezing Up
Ice and air conditioners don’t mix. So, if you see it (usually on the evaporator coils), you, unfortunately, have a fairly serious problem.
When your AC is freezing up, airflow is almost certainly restricted, and the refrigerant inside can’t do its job. In this case, switch the system to the “Fan Only” mode, which should help it start to defrost, then call a professional to determine the underlying problem.
Air Conditioner Is Leaking Outside
It’s perfectly normal to see a little water around your AC system’s outdoor unit; think twice, if a pool of water is building around your aging air conditioning system.
Why? Because something may be broken, cracked or clogged, and left unchecked, this can lead to mechanical failure or water damage.
How To Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Efficiently
If your air conditioner is still going strong, we can’t emphasize the importance of maintenance enough. Follow these steps to give your existing system the longest life possible. It’ll operate more efficiently and keep your home cool, even on the hottest days.
Change Your Air Filter
Ignoring old and dirty air filters negatively impacts air quality and can lead to expensive repairs. Yet, this vitally important DIY HVAC repair job is often overlooked. So do yourself a favour, and change the filter. It’ll extend the life of your AC system, and it’ll protect you and your family from dust and contaminants.
Clean Air Ducts
And, it’s best to take things one step further; periodically cleaning your air ducts will increase your HVAC system’s efficiency and help keep your AC in tip-top condition.
Heating and air conditioning systems utilize air ducts to transport (warm or cool) air throughout a home. Along the way, the air picks up pet dander and dust, and this grime can get stuck inside the system’s inner workings Not only that, if the space the air travels through is filthy, so is the indoor air quality!
Clear Dirt & Debris
Keeping your air conditioner free from dirt and debris will extend its lifespan and allow it to function in a more efficient manner.
Central air conditioning systems have a condensing unit, typically located outside. This outdoor unit is critical to the HVAC system and should be looked after. Therefore, be sure to consistently clear any leaves that have accumulated around the base. Also, take some time to regularly dust and remove any dirt buildup on the surfaces of your indoor ac equipment as well.
Regular AC Maintenance
Countless AC breakdowns could be prevented with regular maintenance. If you want to protect your investment and feel secure in knowing that your air conditioner will work when you need it to, sign up for the Husky Air Conditioner Maintenance Program. During yearly tune-ups, we’ll inspect all the components and make sure your system is operating at peak efficiency all year long.
Trusted Air Conditioner Installation and Maintenance
Don’t suffer all summer long without dependable cool air—call Husky! We can help extend the life expectancy of your existing AC unit or install a new air conditioner if your current cooling system is on its last legs and needs to be replaced.
Our Toronto area AC experts are a wealth of knowledge, so lean on us if the performance of your air conditioning system has degraded. We’ve got the answers to all your air conditioning questions.
Interested in a high-efficiency unit that can save you money in the long run? Confused about the difference between a ductless AC unit and a central air conditioner? Professional Husky technicians are ready to help you find a cost-effective solution and will review all the options available with you.