If your air conditioning units are old but still cooling your home, you might wait awhile to replace them. But even if your outdoor and indoor units make it through the summer, they can still experience serious issues in the future. Your indoor unit might freeze up regularly, or your outdoor unit's motor might give out. Don't wait to install your new cooling system. Here's why you should consider getting a new cooling system and why:
Failing Compressor Unit
Large appliances like your cooling units can experience problems over time, including a damaged compressor. The compressor is the main component or part of your cooling system. Without it, the outdoor unit won't turn on or run. The compressor can experience problems discharging or releasing heat out of the system.
If you pay close attention, you may pick up some signs of a failing compressor motor. The compressor might overheat regularly, or it might lose pressure over time. Your cooling system can shut down early because of these issues. In some cases, the compressor can completely fail.
Heat can back up into the unit inside your home. The indoor unit contains an evaporator coil and other essential parts. If these parts can transfer heat to the outdoor unit, they can break down.
The compressor isn't the only problem you can consider. You also need to consider the coils that support it.
Your indoor and outdoor units both depend on coils to operate at top efficiency. As mentioned previously, the evaporator coil transfers heat to the outdoor unit. The evaporator coil can freeze up repeatedly if it can't remove its heat. The coil may also block up with years of debris and stop working completely.
The outdoor unit relies on a condenser coil to eject heat. The coil also receives heat from the compressor unit. If the coil becomes warped or damaged, it may not function as needed. Heat can push back into the compressor unit and cause it to overheat.
To keep your home cool this summer and in the future, contact a contractor and request services. A contractor can inspect both units to see if you should replace one or both pieces of equipment. Many experts recommend replacing both units simultaneously. Even if one unit appears fine now, it may experience mechanical problems later. The problems could affect the performance of the new unit.
Also, it may be more cost-effective to replace both units. A sound cooling system may use less energy than a malfunctioning system. A contractor can discuss the best replacements for both units, which can ease your mind over time.
If you still can't decide whether or not to replace your old cooling units, contact an air conditioning repair service further assistance.