As the official end of summer draws near, now is the time to think about how well your air conditioner served you this season, and whether or not it’s ready to be replaced. Sure, it can seem like a hassle to deal with, but replacing an aging or malfunctioning—and subsequently inefficient—cooling system seems like a far better option than continuing to pay for a system not giving you the best performance it can, right?
Keep reading to see a few reasons why your AC may be a good candidate for replacement. And if you’re ready for a new system after reading this, be sure to get in touch with our team for reliable Turlock, CA air conditioning service.
You’re Constantly Calling for Repairs
It’s bad enough when your air conditioner needs a costly repair, but what if another part of the system broke down just a few months later? If it feels like you’re constantly replacing or repairing one part after another, it’s a definite sign that you may be ready for a new air conditioner. Not only that, but the combined costs of each repair are probably costing you more than your current system is worth, making it a more economically sound decision to replace.
If you’re experiencing this issue and your air conditioner is still under 10 years of age, however, then you may want to contact our pros to see what’s going on. Unless your system is serviced by trained and experienced HVAC technicians, there is a chance that your system is breaking down more than it should—whether it be due to poor maintenance or the technician missing repair needs when out on a service call.
Your System Has a SEER Rating of 14 or Lower
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is essential to understanding how efficiently your cooling system is operating. It’s somewhat similar to a car’s mileage per gallon rating, although it’s based on optimal conditions. This means that even an air conditioner with a 26 SEER rating can still fall to a lower number if it’s not used or maintained as it should be.
Still though, as of 2015 it is required that any new AC system meet or exceed a minimum SEER rating of 14. Up until 2006, this number was only at 10. This means that if your air conditioner was in your home since before 2006, your AC system is probably spending more in monthly energy than a newer model would. Even if your cooling system isn’t malfunctioning or breaking down part by part, increasing your SEER rating will show immediate and substantial improvements to your monthly energy bills.
The AC Simply Isn’t Keeping You Comfortable
So, what if there is no logical, objective explanation for your cooling system no longer being able to provide you with sufficient cooling? Perhaps it’s not working the way it used to, but you’ve had it professional inspected and maintained, with no obvious improvement. Chances are, it’s probably due to general wear-and-tear on the system over years of use. This is particularly true if your system is over a decade old.
Before you just accept this as fact though, while we’re happy to help you with your air conditioner replacement, you’ll want to give a pro a call to get another opinion. After all, there are a number of problems that can cause low cooling power. This includes a clogged air filter—something you should be replacing or cleaning every 1-3 months—or damaged ductwork. Whether or not the repairs are something simple or something that isn’t worth it to you will be up to you of course, but at the very least it’s a good idea to consult with a pro.