Summer is not very far off (really, did it ever leave?), which means that right now is as good a time as any to check if your air conditioner is up to the continued task of getting you through another season of hot weather. If the air conditioner you’re using now isn’t really up to this job, then it’d do you well to consider a replacement now, rather than wait for it to break down later.
The last thing you need is to be without an AC system any longer than you have to be in the middle of the hottest months of the year. Keep reading for some signs that it is, in fact, time to replace your air conditioner.
Your System Costs More to Operate Monthly Than It Used To
The older your air conditioner gets, the more efficiency it will lose as parts give way to wear and tear. At first, this efficiency loss won’t be all 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 AC, since it’s using more energy. So if your cooling system is costing more to use per month than you think it should be, it could very well be time to make an upgrade.
You Are Constantly Calling for Repairs
Needing repairs every now and then is not a big deal. Every couple of years you might need something small in the cooling system fixed, even with diligent preventive maintenance. However, if your air conditioner needs to be repaired multiple times a year, then it’s time to talk to a pro about whether it would make more economic sense to upgrade.
This high level of frequency in repair needs is usually due to a system that’s struggling to overcome years of wear and tear. The various components inside it will begin to fail in groups, causing the frequency and cost of repairs to increase dramatically. Continuing to repair a failing system is just going to waste money, and you’ll probably need to replace it soon anyway.
Your Air Conditioner Is Over 15 Years Old
Even if you schedule preventive maintenance once a year as recommended, and call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem, you can’t expect your air conditioner to last forever. Eventually, the system will reach a point that it just isn’t worth keeping up care on it anymore.
The average lifespan for a well-cared for air conditioner is around 10-15 years. After this point, it will begin to accumulate chronic issues that will make it increasingly harder to keep the system running and performing well. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, it’s definitely a good time to think about upgrading. Today’s systems have made significant strides in efficiency and you’ll find that your energy bills will be much lower anyway!