Summer will be here
before we know it, which means that right now is a great time to check if your
air conditioning system is up to the task of getting you through the season. If
the system you’re using now isn’t up to this task, it’s better to upgrade it
now than to wait for it to just fully break down on you—especially since that’s
most likely to happen at the peak of summer heat.
You shouldn’t be
without an air conditioner any longer than you need to be in the middle of one
of the hottest days of the year!
Keep reading for
some signs that it is, in fact, time to replace your air conditioner.
Your AC Costs More Than It Should to Run Each Month
As a cooling system ages, it gradually starts to lose its
efficiency as the components in it wear out. At first, this efficiency loss won’t
be that noticeable. Eventually, however, it will end up becoming so severe that
the air conditioner will be forced to operate for longer periods of time in
order to compensate.
This longer operating time will drive up the monthly cost of
using your system, and if your air conditioner is costing much more to use each
month than you think it should be, it’s probably time for an upgrade.
You Constantly Need AC Repairs
Needing a repair here or there is not a big deal. Every few
years or so you might need some component fixed or replaced, even with routine
preventive maintenance. However, if your cooling system needs to be repaired multiple
times a year, then it’s time to consult with a pro about getting a new one.
This level of frequency in breakdowns is often due to your
system finally giving in to years of wear and tear. The various components
inside of it are starting to fail in groups, causing the frequency and cost of
repairs to rise. Continuing to repair your system once it reaches this point is
just going to waste a lot of money. You’ll likely need to replace it very soon
anyway. Better to do it now and go into summer with a cooling system you can
Your Air Conditioner is Over 15 Years Old
Even assuming you keep up on your annual preventive maintenance and call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem, you can’t expect your AC system to last forever. Eventually, it will get old enough that it just won’t be worth keeping around anymore.
The average lifespan for air conditioning systems is about
10-15 years. After that point, they start accumulating a host of chronic issues
that make it increasingly expensive to keep them up and running. If your air
conditioner is older than 15, you should definitely consult with a professional
about installing a new one.