Ready to Replace Your Air Conditioner? Determine When It’s Time
If your air conditioner has struggled in recent years, it might be time to replace your air conditioner (A/C). Here are some signals that should help you decide that it’s time:
- Your A/C is over 10 years old. Even a well-maintained A/C only lasts 12 to 15 years, and depending on your use it may not even make it that long. As A/Cs get older, they typically perform worse and are more prone to breaking down. New A/Cs incorporate the latest technology and are more robust, efficient and effective. While you’ll pay more upfront, you may save in the long run due to lower energy and repair bills.
- Your energy bills are too high. Technology is just one aspect that relates to the efficiency of your system. An A/C in poor condition due to deterioration or age will perform worse and require excess energy to get the job done. Consult with an HVAC professional to see if your current bills are acceptable.
- Your home’s air is too humid and causes discomfort. When an A/C is functioning well, it will remove excessive humidity from the air in your home. If you’ve noticed that it has lost this ability, you’re not going to be comfortable during hot days until you replace it.
- Too many breakdowns. All things break once in a while and are often worth the cost of repair. When your A/C starts to constantly breakdown, you will be spending a lot, often close to the cost of a new A/C system, just to prolong its lifespan a little longer. Always weigh the cost of replacing your system with the cost of expected repairs when something goes wrong. Putting all this together to evaluate and decide if you should replace your air conditioner isn’t always easy. An HVAC professional will be able to inspect your system and give you recommendations. If you need help that you can trust, contact Sobieski Services.
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