Considering investing in a new air conditioner? Many homeowners struggle with the decision of whether to replace their old, outdated air conditioner or pay for pricey repairs. Even if your system isn’t frequently breaking down, replacing it may still be more economical, as newer systems run more efficiently. If you’re unsure whether an AC replacement is necessary, allow us to offer some assistance. Here’s what you should consider when deciding whether to have a new system installed.
Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your AC
A simple “yes” to any of these questions means that it may be time for a new air conditioner.
Is your air conditioner more than 10 years old?
The average lifespan for an air conditioner is about 15 years, but that only applies when the unit has been well maintained. If your AC is giving you trouble and it is already nearing the end of its life, it’s best to go ahead and replace it. Any money you spend on repairs may end up going to waste, as older systems are prone to repeat breakdowns.
Does your system need frequent repairs?
If you find yourself calling an AC technician to repair your air conditioner more often than you call your mother, it’s definitely time to consider a replacement. You may be able to simply replace the part of your system that is giving you trouble, provided that everything else is running smoothly. If the cost of a repair job ever exceeds more than half of what an entirely new air conditioner would cost, choosing to replace your system will likely be more cost-efficient.
Does your system constantly switch on and off or never seem to stop running?
Either one of these things means your AC lacks the efficiency to properly cool your home. This may be from age, but could also mean your system was never big enough to keep up with the size of your house to begin with.
Is your electric bill is unusually high?
If your electric bill has increased unexplainably over the years or you find yourself paying far more than your neighbors for your monthly energy use, the problem likely lies in your air conditioner. Fortunately, newer air conditioners are designed to run more efficiently, meaning a replacement will be well worth the investment.
Is your home always too hot or too cold?
If your air conditioner just never seems to be able to keep up with the thermostat setting, it may just be too old or worn down to do its job anymore. A maintenance visit from a professional AC technician may help, but if the issue persists after a tuneup, it’s time to replace!
Are You Ready to Improve Your Home With a New AC?
Because replacing your air conditioner is such a big decision, it doesn’t hurt to seek advice from an experienced HVAC company. Whether you’re still considering your options or you’re ready to take the plunge with an entirely new system, the Engineered Air team is here to help. Call to speak with a knowledgeable representative or schedule service online today!