Summer is coming fast, and you want to make sure that your home's air conditioner is fully functional. An air conditioner that is aging may stop working suddenly, leaving you without a way to cool your home until you can have it repaired or replaced.
In the heat of summer, this can be almost miserable. Yet, this may lead you to wonder how you will know if you should consider having your air conditioner replaced within the coming weeks. Fortunately, it's usually fairly easy to tell if an air conditioner is in need of replacement. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for that maybe indicate that it's time for a new air conditioner install.
One way you can know that it may be time to consider replacing your air-conditioning unit is if it is more than 10-years old. On average, air conditioners are made to last 10 to 15 years. However, the amount of time a unit can function properly varies, depending on how well it is maintained, and how heavily it is used. Age is not always a perfect indicator of whether or not an air conditioner is nearing its retirement. If you are unsure whether or not your aging air conditioner may need replacement, a specialist can help you to determine whether you should consider replacing it or not.
Another way you can tell if your air conditioner may need replacement is by considering how often you have had to have it repaired in recent years. As your system begins to age, you may find that parts begin to fail, which causes it to require frequent maintenance and repair. If this is the case, then it is likely that your air conditioner is nearing the end of its life. While repairs can extend its lifespan, you will want to compare the high cost of continued repairs versus the one-time cost of having your system replaced.
Perhaps the easiest way to determine if your air conditioner is in need of replacement is to consider its functionality. Is your air conditioner cooling your home as well as it once did? The fact is that homeowners with aging air conditioners often find that their system is no longer keeping their home cool enough. While this may be a problem that can be fixed, if your system is older, then it is likely that it will need to be replaced. Furthermore, you may notice that your system is not only functioning poorly, but you may also find that some rooms get cold, while others remain hot. These kinds of inconsistencies are generally a good indicator that a new air conditioner is required.
Rising Energy Bills
Finally, homeowners can also often determine if they need a new air-conditioning system by considering their energy bills. Older systems will usually begin to perform poorly, and will have to work harder to cool your home. This can result in a noticeable increase in your energy bills. If you have noticed an increase in the cost of cooling your home, but you are not running your air conditioner more frequently, then it is likely that your air conditioner is in need of replacement.
Knowing the signs that that your air conditioner needs to be replaced can help you to prevent an uncomfortable situation this summer, should your aging unit suddenly stop working. However, these are just a few of the signs that can indicate the need for replacement. Contact us to learn.