The days are already starting to get warmer, and summer is not far off. Now is the time to get your home ready for the warmest months of the year, and part of that is making sure that your air conditioning system is up to the task. If it isn’t, it’s best that you replace it now. You don’t want your AC breaking down on you in the middle of a hot summer day, after all. Read on to find out whether or not you should replace your air conditioner this spring.
Rising Operating Costs
The older an air conditioner gets, the more worn out it gets. As the various parts of the system begin to wear down, the system will experience a drop in efficiency. The air conditioner will be forced to operate for longer and longer cycles in order to compensate for this efficiency loss, which will lead to higher bills. If your air conditioning bills seem to be rising for no apparent reason, it may be because you need a new system.
Barring the occasional random occurrence, air conditioners shouldn’t need repairs more than once every few years. In an older system, though, the accumulated wear and tear will eventually start causing parts to fail in rapid succession. If you need to have your air conditioner repaired multiple times over a span of months, it’s a good sign that you need a replacement.
Air conditioners are only meant to last around 20 years. Though you can keep one up and running for another 10+ years after that, the money you’d have to spend on upkeep and repairs would make it far more expensive than simply replacing the system. If your air conditioner is older than two decades, you should talk to a professional about whether you need a new one.