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Apr 2017 26

3 Ways to Discover the Age of your HVAC Unit

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, HVAC Education

With summer’s blazing temperatures arriving soon, our air conditioning units will be running around the clock to cool our homes.

For some customers, it seems like it takes an eternity for their unit to cool their home on hot days. An important factor to consider is that the age of your HVAC unit plays an essential role in how efficient and well a unit operates. For example, a customer may notice their unit is aging when it begins to make strange noises or is less efficient. Determining the age of your air conditioning unit is important information to have if your unit is no longer functioning at its prime. Now is the perfect time to spring into action to confirm the age of your unit and plan ahead for potential issues.

Here are a few simple things you can look for to determine the age of your HVAC unit.

Condenser Nameplate

Every A/C unit come equipped with a nameplate, which is located on the large, metal condenser box on the outside of your house. Check the upper-right hand corner of the nameplate for the unit’s manufacture date. If the manufacture date is not visible on the condenser, you can always locate the brand, model and serial number on the plate, which will help to determine the age of the unit.

Manufacturing Date

To discover a unit’s manufacture date, you will need to learn how to interpret the serial or model number. Websites such as BuilderCenter.org provide a great tool to determine the age of your unit. Simply find the manufacture date of your unit on the site, and they will educate you on how to interpret your model or serial number. In the event, your unit is not listed on their website, you can do a quick Internet search to find a decoder for your model.

Installation Date

Typically, your unit’s manufacture date will align closely with the installation date. Confirming a unit’s age can help customers decide if it is best to repair or replace it. Unsure of whether you should repair or replace your unit? Schedule an inspection with Alps. Our trained technicians can tell you when the unit was installed, how long it’s been running and it’s time to replace it. In addition, we offer a maintenance plan that is designed to extend the life of your unit.

 

Curious about the cost of a new system? Know the cost up front by scheduling a free estimate with Alps.

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