Summer is just around the corner for most other parts of the country. For us, though, seasons are a more nebulous concept. You’ve probably already been using your air conditioner for weeks, and you’ll be relying on it pretty heavily over the next couple of months. Air conditioners suffer a lot of stress in places like Florida, especially during the summer. No amount of care and maintenance can keep them operating forever, either. That’s why you need to know when it’s time to replace your air conditioner with a new one. If your AC sounds like it fits the points below, you should consult with a professional about getting rid of it.
Unusually High Monthly Costs
Your monthly operating costs are going to fluctuate with how much you use your air conditioner, of course. If your monthly air conditioning costs are unusually high without any explanation, it might be that you need to replace your system. The older an air conditioner gets, the more worn down it will get. That contributes to a loss of efficiency, which will start to increase operating costs the closer the system gets to the end of its life. Have a professional examine your system if it starts doing this, just to be sure.
Frequent, Costly Repairs
All air conditioners need repairs every once in a while. Parts fail for all kinds of reasons, and as long as those failures are spread out it’s not anything to be concerned about. It’s when your air conditioner needs to be repaired every few months that you should start to pay closer attention. Older air conditioners have more wear and tear on their systems than others. That eventually starts causing parts to fail in rapid succession, which jacks up both the frequency and the cost of repairs. If you need to repair your air conditioner very frequently, you should talk to a professional about replacing it. Honestly, you’re just replacing it one piece at a time, anyway.
Older than 15 Years
Even if you take great care of your air conditioner, you’re probably not going to get more than 10-15 years of good use out of it. That’s the average lifespan of an air conditioner under ideal circumstances. Once your system gets older than that, it starts to develop all kinds of issues like those listed above. You might be able to get a couple more years out of it, if you want to spend the money and deal with the added issues. If you’re trying to maximize cost effectiveness, though, you should have a professional examine your air conditioner for you. It’s better to replace it now, and save money in the long run, than to wait for it to permanently break down.
Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. provides a full range of air conditioner installation and replacement services in Lake City, FL. If you need your air conditioner replaced, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that you get the perfect air conditioner for your needs.