As the summer draws to a close, many people are starting to get their homes ready for the fall and winter seasons. Heating maintenance, new furnace installations, and the like are all starting to rise in frequency. Before you start considering what to do to prepare for heating season, though, you should have a look back at how your air conditioner performed over the last couple of months. Will the system be able to carry you through next summer? If not, then now might be the perfect time to install a new system. Have a look at the following signs that it’s time to install a new air conditioning system.
High Energy Costs
Everyone has to deal with higher energy costs during the summer, prompted by the near-daily use of their air conditioning systems. If your air conditioner seems to be contributing way more to your monthly energy costs than it should be, though, then you might want to talk to a professional about possibly replacing it.
As air conditioners age and wear down, they start to lose efficiency. The lower the efficiency level in the system drops, the longer it will have to operate to compensate. This will start adding to your monthly bills over time, something that can often only be fixed by installing an entirely new system.
It’s not unusual to have to repair your air conditioner every once in a while. If the system needs to be repaired multiple times a year, though, then you might have a bigger problem. Constant breakdowns are often a sign that the wear and tear on the system is reaching critical levels. The longer you insist on using the system, the more it’s going to break down. You’ll save a lot more money in the long run by replacing the system now, rather than waiting for it to break in such a way that it can’t be repaired.
The average air conditioner lasts around 10-15 years before it accumulates too many chronic issues to stay cost-effective. If your air conditioner is over 15 years old, it’s probably a good idea to call a professional and ask about replacing it. The longer you insist on using an older system, the more it’s going to cost to keep it up and running. Better to replace the entire system now, and potentially save yourself a lot more money and frustration in the long run.
Please keep in mind, the above suggestions are just some general guidelines for how to tell if your air conditioner is in need of replacement. The best way to know for certain is to contact a professional and have them evaluate your air conditioner in-person. We highly recommend that you do this before making any decisions about replacing your system.