With the forecast for this week getting as low as the 40’s, it may seem a bit ludicrous to talk about preparing for summer. Still, the fact of the matter is that summer is not that far off. If you don’t want to get ambushed by the heat, you should be taking steps now to make sure that your home is ready for it.
Part of that is making sure that your air conditioner is in good enough shape to keep you cool through another summer. If not, you should replace it now. Have a look at some of the warning signs that you need to replace your air conditioner.
High Monthly Bills
When you finally do start using your air conditioner, you should keep an eye on your monthly bills. To be honest, you should be doing this anyway. It’s especially important if you have an old air conditioner, though. If your air conditioning costs seem higher than they should be for how much you use the system, it might mean that you need to install a new system.
Older air conditioners have much more wear and tear on them, which is a drag on their efficiency. As the efficiency of the system declines, the operating time goes up and the monthly bills go up with it.
More Frequent and Expensive Repairs
Air conditioners of all ages need repairs sometimes. However, the older an air conditioner gets, the more prone it will be to developing issues. This is for the same reason that the efficiency of the system declines: wear and tear. The parts in the air conditioner eventually just become so old and worn out that they start to fail in groups.
Repairing an old air conditioner is often more expensive, as well. This is because the parts themselves eventually stop being manufactured, making them more difficult to find. If you need to repair your air conditioner multiple times a year, and it is becoming more expensive each time, it’s a pretty good indication that you should just install a new system. You’ll save much more money doing that than you will by replacing your old air conditioner one piece at a time.
Assuming you take care of your air conditioner, and it’s in ideal circumstances, you can expect it to last right around 15 years. After that point, it will quickly become less and less cost-effective to maintain. You can keep an air conditioner running for 20+ years if you like, but you’ll be paying significantly more for it than if you just replaced it.
This, of course, varies slightly depending on the individual circumstances of the system. So, if you’re not sure whether or not you can squeeze a few more years of use out of your air conditioner, consult with a professional and see what they recommend.
SPS Mechanical Inc. offers a full range of air conditioning replacement services in Haddonfield, NJ. If you need air conditioning services of any kind, contact us today for an appointment.