Summer is not far off, which means that now is a great time to check if your air conditioner is up to the task of getting you through another summer. If the system you’re using now isn’t really up to the task of keeping you cool over the next few months, it’s a good idea to replace it now rather than wait for it to break down completely. You don’t want to be without an air conditioner any longer than you have to in the middle of the hottest months of the year, after all. Let’s take a look at three signs that you should absolutely replace your air conditioner before summer arrives.
Your Air Conditioner is Costing More to Operate Monthly
As an air conditioner ages, it will gradually begin to lose its efficiency as the parts in it wear out. At first, this efficiency loss won’t be noticeable. Eventually, though, 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 the system. If your air conditioner is costing much more to use per month than you think it should be, it might be because you need a new one.
The System Needs Repairs Frequently
Needing repairs every once in a while is not a big deal. Every few years or so you may need to have something in the air conditioner fixed, even with regular preventive maintenance. However, if your air conditioner needs to be repaired multiple times a year it’s time to consult with a professional about getting a new one. That level of frequency in breakdowns is often due to the system finally succumbing to years of wear and tear. The various parts inside it are beginning to fail in groups, causing the frequency and cost of repairs to skyrocket. Continuing to repair your system once it reaches this point is just going to waste a lot of money. You will likely need to replace it very soon anyway. Better to do it now, and go into the summer with a new system you can rely on.
The System is Older Than 15
Even assuming you schedule preventive maintenance once a year, and call for repairs as soon as you notice any problem, you can’t expect your air conditioner to last indefinitely. Eventually, the system will get old enough that it just isn’t worth keeping it around anymore. The average lifespan for air conditioners is around 10-15 years. After that point, they will begin to accumulate a host of chronic issues that will make it increasingly expensive to keep them up and running. If your air conditioner is older than 15, you should definitely consult with a professional about installing a new one.
Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. installs and services air conditioners in Joliet, IL. If you need a new air conditioner installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment.