Summer is here, and if your air conditioner isn’t up to the task you should take steps now to replace it with a new one. You don’t want your current system breaking down on you in the middle of a heat wave, after all. Especially not if it’s uncertain whether or not you’ll ever be able to get the system functioning again. If you’re not sure whether or not now is a good time to replace your air conditioner, have a look at the symptoms below to help you decide.
Does Your Air Conditioner Cost More Than It Should to Operate?
The older an air conditioner gets, the more worn out it’s going to get. That wear and tear is going to cause the efficiency of the system to decline, forcing it to operate for longer periods of time to accomplish the same temperature changes. Longer operating times will drive up the monthly operating costs of your system. Even if you don’t realize that your air conditioner is running for a few more minutes each time you use it, you’ll probably notice the higher operating costs. If your air conditioner is having this issue, the only thing you can really do to resolve it is to replace it.
Does the System Break Down on a Regular Basis?
Breaking down every once in a while is one thing, but you shouldn’t need to repair your air conditioner more than once every few years. If your system is breaking down every year, or even multiple times a year, it’s a sign that the air conditioner is getting close to the end of its life. The wear and tear on the system is causing various parts inside it to begin to fail in groups. This will only get worse the longer you insist on using the same system. If your air conditioner is breaking down this frequently, it’s only a matter of time before it breaks down permanently. Better to see about installing a new system now than to spend more money repairing an air conditioner that is about to fail anyway.
Is Your Air Conditioner Older Than 15 Years of Age?
Many of the issues that contribute to an air conditioner finally breaking down permanently are the result of age and use. The average air conditioner can operate for between 10 and 15 years before it reaches the end of its effective lifespan. Past the age of 15, the system will begin to accumulate a list of chronic issues like the ones we’ve already covered above. The longer you keep the air conditioner running, the more it’s going to cost to use. Eventually, the system will be unable to keep up with demand and will break down forever. If your air conditioner is older than 15, it’s highly recommended that you consult with a professional about replacing it with a new one.