Summer is still progressing along, and this means that now is the perfect time to check to ensure your air conditioner is up to the task of getting you through the rest of the warmer weather. If your system has been struggling, and if it’s an older system (more on this below), then it’s a good idea to start looking into air conditioning replacement now rather than waiting for it to completely break down.
There’s no denying that this summer has shown us we don’t want to be without air conditioning any longer than we need to. Read on as we uncover a few signs it’s time to replace your AC system.
Your Cooling Systems Costs You More and More to Operate
As your air conditioner ages, it gradually starts to lose efficiency. This is part of natural wear and tear, and you can definitely slow down its progression by taking care of repair needs right away and keeping up with professional maintenance. But no air conditioner will last forever, and this drop in efficiency is going to cause your cooling bills to rise.
What happens is that the drop in efficiency causes your air conditioner to run longer than it should have to in order to reach the desired temperature on the thermostat. This longer operating time is what drives up the monthly cost of using the system. If your air conditioner is costing more to use, and no amount of repairs is improving this, it’s time to consider an air conditioner upgrade.
Your System Needs Frequent Repairs
Needing air conditioner repairs every now and then is totally normal. Every few years or so, you might need to have something in your air conditioner fixed, even with regular preventive maintenance. For instance, you may have a worn motor bearing that needs lubrication, or a fan belt that needs replacement because it’s become so worn down.
But if your cooling system has to be repaired multiple times a year, consult with an HVAC professional about upgrading to a new one. This level of frequency in AC breakdowns is often due to the system succumbing to years of wear and tear. The various components inside of the AC start failing in groups, causing the frequency and cost of repairs to increase. Continuing to have repairs done on a system once it reaches this point is a waste of money. Consider shopping for a new system.
Your Air Conditioner Is Old
What’s an old air conditioner? The average air conditioner, when well-maintained, is designed to last about 10 to 15 years. Eventually, an AC will reach an age where it’s just not able to work as efficiently as it used to, and it’s going to need repairs more and more often. If you know your system is about 10 years old, it’s time to start looking into the type of AC system you want next.