The summer weather is on the way, and it’s a good time to ask yourself if the central air conditioning system in your home is ready for another round of heavy heat. It might be time to retire your AC and schedule installation with HVAC professionals who can help you pick a great new unit and have it quickly set up. Below are some of the ways to tell that it’s a good time to replace your current cooling system:
ONE: Your AC is extremely old
An air conditioner that is more than 15 or 20 years old is too old. This is the point where an air conditioner will start to wear down quickly and be at higher risk of a complete breakdown. It’s best to have a system this old replaced—before it takes the decision out of your hands on the hottest day of the season!
TWO: You need to repair the AC too often
So how often is “too often” when it comes to air conditioner repairs? You shouldn’t need to have the system fixed more than once a year, nor should you pay more than $500 a year in repairs to keep it running. And any single repair that would cost more than half the price of a replacement is not worth it.
THREE: The AC is becoming expensive to operate
Age and wear will cause an air conditioning system to start to lose its energy efficiency. A system that receives regular maintenance will retain 95% of its energy efficiency rating for most of its lifespan… but at the end it will rapidly decline and drive up operating costs. When you see your utility bills during the summer start rising, and maintenance and repairs won’t reverse the trend, you should get a new AC.
FOUR: You want to take advantage of new comfort technology
Your aging air conditioner may still be running well, without multiple repair issues or a drop in efficiency. But you may still wish to replace it because there are new models with excellent features and high efficiency ratings that will save you more in the long run. New comfort technologies like variable speed fans and compressor are often worth it, even with a still-working system in your home.
If you want to know more about replacing your current air conditioning system, call Comfort Flow Heating in Eugene, OR.