Deciding on whether to upgrade your ducted air conditioning unit doesn’t need to be a challenging decision. When it’s time for an upgrade, your unit will give you some pretty strong indicators. Like any technology, air conditioning units do not last forever. As the system gets older, it can become inefficient, regularly break down, and cost you more money. However, upgrading your ducted air conditioning can deliver many benefits. These include better energy efficiency, a cheaper energy bill, and a quieter and better working system. If you consider upgrading your ducted air conditioning, check out our checklist of the top signs to determine if it is time.
Your Ducted Air Conditioning System Isn’t Working As Well As It Used To
The first noticeable sign is that the system just isn’t working like it used to. For example, it might be blowing hot or cold air that doesn’t align with your set temperature. Or it might be turning on or off at varying times without finishing the cycle (short-cycling).
You might also find that the unit doesn’t seem to be flowing air as well as it used to. This might be another telling sign if the airflow doesn’t feel as strong even after cleaning and maintenance service.
Another indication is that the unit seems to be producing excess moisture or even leaking. This can indicate that the system is not dehumidifying like it used to.
The Ducted Air Conditioning System Might be Emitting A Strange Noise or Smell
If your unit has started to sound or smell a bit odd, it can be a strong indicator that your system could be about to malfunction. You might find your neighbours start to complain about the noise and the smell as well.
If you are experiencing this regularly, it is essential to call a technician to come and check the system straight away. They will be able to diagnose the situation. In the case of an old unit that is past its warranty, it may be more cost-efficient long term to replace the unit rather than trying to repair it.
Your Energy Bill Seems To Be Increasing
Like any of your home appliances, the older they get, the more energy they tend to consume. If you use your system daily, air con operating costs can take up to 40% of your energy bill. So, the smallest increase in energy usage can have a noticeable difference on your bill.
Some recent information indicates older models can be up to 25% less energy efficient as new models. By upgrading to a new model with new technology, you could instantly reduce your energy bill by up to 10-20%. That is why it is important to upgrade your ducted air conditioning unit sooner, rather than later.
Your Unit Requires Frequent Repairs
At Arrow Air, we always recommend investing in the annual maintenance of your system. This will keep it running at its best for longer. It can also help avoid costly repairs by uncovering issues earlier.
But if you noticed that your unit needs more repairs than normal (1-2 per year), it is likely time to consider a replacement. Replacing a unit can be more cost-efficient in the long run. Not to mention you will get access to a brand-new warranty.
The Unit Is Out Of Warranty
Most units come with a 5-year warranty. Once you reach this point, the system will start to degenerate over time. Therefore, it is a good idea to begin to monitor your system. Keep on the lookout for any of the points above. Once you get to a point where regular repairs are needed, it can become quite costly for you. Especially if you notice an increase in your energy bill. Talk to your technician on whether you should upgrade your ducted air conditioning unit rather than pay for costly repairs.
If you notice any of the above and think it’s time for you to upgrade your ducted air conditioning unit, give us a call. We will send a technician out to assess the unit and determine if it is time for a replacement. Then, we’ll provide you a quote and talk you through all the steps. It is a quick process that only takes a few hours, but can instantly impact your efficiency and your energy bill.