3 Signs That Your AC is in Need of Replacement
Now that summer has arrived in full force, most homeowners are running their air conditioning systems almost nonstop, and yours likely has a great deal of work still ahead of it this summer before it will be able to find any kind of relief. Unfortunately, like all other mechanical devices, your air conditioning system has a finite lifespan, and at some point, you are going to find yourself in need of a replacement. However, knowing when the time is right to do so can be a bit difficult if you don't know what to look for. Since no one wants to wait until their older system quits entirely and they have to wait in a house without AC for their replacement to be installed, our team of skilled professionals have taken the time to put together this short list that we hope you will read through. In it, we have listed out some of the more common signs that you can be on the lookout for this summer while your system is in use that might indicate you are just about due for a replacement.
Your System Is Older Than 10 Years
When they are properly maintained, most air conditioning systems have an average lifespan of roughly 10 to 15 years, but if they haven't been regularly tuned up in that time or haven't gotten the repairs they need, that number could be a great deal lower. If your system is nearly 10 years in age, or has already passed it, it is probably a good idea to start looking at replacement options and getting prepared. While there is no need to replace your system if it is still working fine, replacement will likely be the better option if your system starts experiencing issues as opposed to investing any more money into repairs.
While mechanical issues are bound to spring up from time to time with how often your air conditioning system sees use during the summer months, if you notice that your system seems to be experiencing more severe problems on a more frequent basis, it could be a sign that your system is nearing the end of its lifespan, and you should likely start looking at replacement options. As your system gets closer and closer to the end of its lifespan, these issues are only going to become more and more common until your system experiences a breakdown that it just won't come back from. Opting for replacement at the first sign of this kind of trouble might cost you more upfront, but will likely save you a great deal in the long run on repairs.
Higher Energy Bills
While it isn't abnormal for energy bills to get a bit higher during the summer, you want to make sure that you pay attention when they start to seem even higher than usual, particularly compared to the year before. As your system ages, it is going to start to operate less and less efficiently, and if you aren't careful, you could wind up paying an unnecessary fortune in order to cool your home. If your system seems to be getting less and less efficient no matter what you do, it might be time to look at replacing it with a unit that is a bit newer and more energy efficient. While it might cost more in the short term, the money it can save you in the long run can more than make up for it.