Summer is here! Okay, not officially, quite yet. But last week’s sudden and excessive heat is a glaring reminder that it will soon be here. So if you found your air conditioner was working last week but showing any distressing symptoms, it may be time to start considering if it’s up to the task of getting you through this upcoming summer without breaking down completely.
It goes without saying—you don’t want to be without your air conditioner any longer than you need to be in the middle of the hottest months of the year. Read on for some of the signs that it’s time to replace your AC, and give us a call so we can try to help you beat the worst of the heat and get that AC replaced for you ASAP.
Sign #1: Your AC Costs More and More to Operate
As your cooling system ages, it gradually starts to lose its efficiency, since the components wear down over time. This is natural, and at first you won’t even notice this efficiency loss. However, eventually it will end up becoming so severe that your air conditioning system 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 you find that your cooling system is costing much more to use per month than it used to, or your bills are much higher than in comparison to what your neighbors are paying, then it could be because you need a new system.
Sign #2: You’re Constantly Calling for Repairs
Needing repairs on your air conditioner every now and then is totally normal. Every few years or so you might need to have a component fixed, replaced, or adjusted—even with routine preventive maintenance. But if your cooling system needs to be repaired multiple times a year, it’s time to consult with a professional about getting a new one.
This level of frequency in breakdowns is often due to the system finally succumbing to years of wear and tear. The various components inside it will begin to fail in groups, causing the frequency and cost of repairs to increase dramatically. Continuing to repair your system once it reaches this point is going to waste money and your time. Chances are you’ll need to replace it very soon anyway. It’s better to do this now so you can enter summer with a new system you can rely on!
Sign #3: Your System is OLD!
If you’re having the above-mentioned symptoms happen in an air conditioner that’s only a few years old, then it either means it was not professionally installed, it was not properly manufactured, or you never had maintenance done on the system. The truth is, the above-mentioned symptoms usually only occur in an aging system.
Even well maintained air conditioners are designed to last about 10-15 years. So if yours is any older than this, it’s only naturally that it will start to accumulate a number of chronic issues that can make it increasingly expensive to keep running the system. Whether or not you detect the above symptoms, if your air conditioner is older than a decade, we really do encourage you giving our pros a call for at least an inspection.