The Benefits of Upgrading Your Air Conditioner

Posted by Tom Vatter

Two outdoor ac units sitting on concreteWe are already well into spring. But for our little corner of the country, warmer weather has already been part of our daily lives for weeks. As such, it’s vital that if you have an aging cooling system, you give it a close look to see if it has any urgent repair needs, or if it can even make it through another staggeringly hot summer. If it can, then great! If not, though, then now is the time to consider an upgrade.

Upgrading your air conditioner to a newer and more efficient system is advantageous for a number of reasons. But, how can you be sure that you actually need an AC upgrade right now? There are some indications you can watch out for. Age, for example, is a good sign of whether or not you need to replace your system. A professional Fort Walton Beach HVAC contractor can help you determine this, as well as looking at your manufacturer’s guide. In the meantime, we’ve shared some tips below that may help you decide whether or not to spring for a new AC system.

Your Warranty Has Expired

The system warranty that comes with your air conditioner covers its components and repair needs for a certain length of time. This ensures that your repair costs stay down as long as the warranty is in effect. As long as you keep up on maintenance, your warranty should remain in good standing and your cooling system can last for months—or even years—after the warranty actually expires.

However, if that warranty expiration is coupled with old age or either of the following signs we are about to cover, then it’s a good idea to start shopping for your next air conditioner.

Too Many/ Too Expensive Repair Needs

Even the most efficiently operating AC system, no matter how well you care for it, will wear down over time. This means that repair needs will increase. If your air conditioning system requires repairs or suffers from breakdowns 2-3 times a year, it can certainly be a candidate for an upgrade.

This is also true for a system that has only had one breakdown, but is aging and to get it working again means spending about half of what you would spend on a brand new system—it’s simply more economically beneficial in this case to upgrade.

Higher Than Expected Utility Bills

The cost of running your cooling system may rise the older and older your system gets. This is a sign of multiple worn parts that cannot do their job as effectively as they were once able to. You’ll notice your monthly cooling bills rising, even if you aren’t using your air conditioner any more than you were last year.

Replacing this system with a newer one means saving a good deal of money in energy costs, which helps offset the initial cost of a new unit, over time.

Checking for Replacement and Upgrade Options

Checking your options now means you’ll be able to enjoy improved savings and system efficiency sooner than later. In addition, if you do need a system upgrade, right now is a good time to do it since temperatures are not at their highest yet.

When it comes time to replace your aging cooling system, look no further than Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Contact us today!

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