When is it More Cost-Effective to Replace My Air Conditioner?

air-conditionerEven if you take the best possible care of your air conditioner, you won’t be able to keep it up and running forever. Sooner or later there’s going to come a point where it costs more money to keep the air conditioner running than it does to replace the entire thing. It’s important that you are able to recognize when that time is, so that you can replace the system with minimal downtime. You don’t want to have the system break down permanently in the middle of a hot summer day, do you? With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the signs that you might want to install a new air conditioner.

Unexplained Spikes in Repair Costs

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your monthly electric bill, especially if it starts to go up without an obvious explanation. Your air conditioner is naturally going to cost you more from month to month when you’re using it more often, like during the summer. If the system appears to be getting more expensive to operate without reason, though, it might mean that it’s close to the end of its life.

Years of wear and tear on the system will eventually start to negatively impact the air conditioner, to the point where it has to operate for an extended period of time in order to maintain the proper temperature. This will contribute to higher monthly costs. Have a professional examine your air conditioner if you notice this symptom.

Constant Repair Issues

It’s not unusual at all to need to have your air conditioner repaired a handful of times over the years. There’s a big difference between the odd repair here and there, though, and needing to repair the system multiple times a year. If you need to repair your air conditioner that often, it’s likely because the parts inside it are so worn out that they are starting to fail in groups. The only thing to do at that point is to replace the entire system. Sticking with the current system is just committing to replacing the entire thing one part at a time, which is hardly the most cost-effective way to do things.

Old Age

The average air conditioner has a lifespan of around 10-15 years. This will vary slightly, depending on individual circumstances. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, however, it’s a good bet that it’s at or near the end of its life. Air conditioners that are that old have all kinds of efficiency issues, including those mentioned above. If your system is that old, you should have a professional evaluate it to see if it merits replacement. You might be able to get another year or two out of it, but it will probably be much better in the long run to just have a new system installed.

Comfort Central, Inc. offers comprehensive air conditioner installation services in Asheville, NC. If you need to have a new air conditioner installed in your home, we can help. Contact us today for an appointment with one of our professional HVAC technicians. We’ll make sure that you get the air conditioning system to fit your needs.

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