How can you possibly be sure that now is the right time to replace your AC? Surely, it’s got a little juice left in it, right? Well, we hate to burst your bubble, but sometimes, letting go of an older, outdated air conditioner is definitely worth it, even if you think might make it through the rest of the summer.
There are plenty of signs that suggest it’s time for a replacement, and below, we have listed a number of them for you! (Of course, only a professional can truly determine if it’s time to replace your AC, but we thought we’d give you a bit of a head start!) So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out more!
When to Replace Your Air Conditioner
Here are some of the signs that suggest you need a new air conditioner:
Although built to last, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is anywhere between 10-15 years (though it can last longer with regular maintenance). Older systems are simply not going to be as efficient or effective as current models. So, if your system has aged beyond this average life expectancy, it might be in your best interest to consider a replacement.
It Requires Frequent Repairs
In general, your system should not require more than just a couple of repairs every few years. If you find yourself calling for AC repair any more than that, it might just be that your system is worn out. As a rule of thumb, if you are paying 50% or more the cost of a new AC on repairs, it is better to just replace the system.
It Doesn’t Keep You Cool
The primary role of your air conditioner is to keep your home cool during the summer. If it no longer provides the amount of cooling power that your home demands, then it could be time for a new system. This is especially the case if you’re expanding your home or your family, making the demand for cool air higher.
It’s Costing You More Money
We always recommend keeping a close eye on your monthly utility bills. If you’ve noticed that you are paying more and more for energy with each passing month, it is wise to contact your local HVAC professional. Rising costs suggest that your air conditioner is inefficient. Investing in a new system might just be the best way to cut back on your monthly spending.
Always Trust a Professional
Of course, it is important to contact your local HVAC professional if you suspect it might be time to replace your air conditioner. If the time has come for a replacement, your technician will match you with the system that will best meet your household’s unique cooling demands. Additionally, he or she will ensure that it is properly sized and installed, which is key to a long and successful service life.