In Winnipeg, the winters are cold, but the summers are hot. As this season hits its high point, it’s a good time to think about whether your air conditioning system is up for the task. The age of your AC unit can impact the quality of air cooling and dehumidifying that it provides. Prepare for the hottest season of the year by considering the age of your AC unit to determine if it’s time for a replacement – before it’s too hot.

First, figure out the age of your AC unit. You may already know this if you installed it yourself, but if it was in the house when you moved in, you’ll have to do some digging. Find the cabinet door of your AC unit and locate the nameplate, which will list the manufacturer’s date on it. This will tell you when the model was made, and therefore, how old it is. It will also give you an idea of whether or not it is still covered under warranty. Most AC systems can last between 10 to 15 years, and warranties don’t extend past 10 to 12 years. A system older than 15 years is due for a replacement. Why? It is inefficient, costing you money, and could become a safety issue.

A sign of an outdated AC system is humid air. Air conditioners cool the air in two ways: by removing heat and removing moisture. An outdated system won’t be able to accomplish both of these tasks, and the result will be a muggy, hot house. Repairing parts on your AC unit is not cost-effective once it’s older than 15 years. At that point, it’s financially smarter just to buy a new system. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with frequent repair bills. 

Another danger to an outdated AC system is if it uses R-22 as a refrigerant (also known as Freon). This product is being phased out of use due to safety concerns. Newer models don’t use this chemical, so you won’t have to worry about a potential refrigerant leak that can cause damage to the atmosphere. If breathed in, Freon can cause respiratory issues. A newer unit won’t only be more efficient, but it will also be safer for your family and the environment. 

A new AC unit can seem like a steep investment but it comes with a host of benefits: it’s safer, more energy-efficient – so you pay less on utility costs/month, and it won’t break down on the hottest days when you need it most. Better yet, you won’t be spending money on repair bills every few months. That creates long-term savings that can help you justify the expense of purchasing a new unit. By upgrading your HVAC system, you can trust that you’ll have a reliable air conditioning unit. 

Is it time for a new AC unit? Provincial Heating and Cooling offer AC unit maintenance in Winnipeg. We specialize in AC installation and repairs. Whether you need a new unit installed or maintenance performed on your existing system, our cooling experts are always prepared to handle the job.