4 Signs You Need a New Air Conditioning System
Most air conditioner issues can be repaired. Anything from minor repairs to more extensive ones are safe in the hands of a certified, experienced professional. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating has many technicians who can determine exactly what’s wrong with your central air conditioning or HVAC system and then make the necessary repairs.
There’s a good reason to develop a relationship with just one air conditioner repair company: trust. You need to trust your technician completely when he or she is evaluating your air conditioner. This person will decide if a part needs to be replaced, the filters need to be changed, or your entire system needs to be replaced.
As you can imagine, there’s a pretty big price difference in the services mentioned above! You certainly don’t want to replace an air conditioning unit – to the tune of a few thousand dollars – when a simple $100 repair will get it back in perfect working order. That’s why you need a reliable service technician whom you can trust!
There are a few ways you can tell if your air conditioner is on its last leg. If you notice any of the following signs, you should definitely call your heating and air conditioning service company for a full evaluation:
Reached Max Lifespan
If your air conditioner is over 10 years old, buying a new one is on the horizon for you. Many last for 15 or more, but it’s definitely a decision you should be thinking about before your system dies in the middle of a steamy, hot summer!
An older air conditioner can give out without giving any warning signs. Regular maintenance will extend the life of your air conditioner, but it’s a good idea to have a replacement plan in mind once you pass the 10-year mark.
Needs Major Repairs
Sometimes, the cost of repairing an old air conditioner just won’t make sense. If you are looking at replacing the unit within 5 years or less, an expensive repair like replacing the compressor in your outside component won’t save you much money in the long run. The formula for determining if a repair is worth it is as follows:
Multiply the age of the AC unit by the estimated cost of the repairs. If it is more than $5,000, you’re better off replacing it.
You may have experienced this situation with an older car. You have to weigh the cost of replacing an expensive part versus trading the whole thing in on a brand new system. On the plus side, newer systems do tend to be more energy efficient, so it won’t be a complete waste of money to replace the whole thing a few years early.
Isn’t Cooling Well
There are 100 or more reasons why your air conditioner may not be cooling the way it used to. Air conditioners wear down over time, and even with repairs the system may never function at 100% of its ability ever again.
You may experience less efficiency, higher humidity or temperatures that are warmer than desired. If the unit is still under warranty, you should definitely explore all your repair options, because a new-ish air conditioning unit shouldn’t give you problems like these. But if the warranty is expired, you may have to accept the fact that you need a new air conditioner.
Has Become Outdated
Air conditioner technology advances more than you’d think every few years. A system that was purchased just 10 years ago (or less) may be virtually obsolete today. Your energy costs could be ridiculously high compared to what they could be with a new system, and you wouldn’t even realize it.
Speak with an expert about the cost and efficiency of brand new units. The cost of replacing your current one may balance out rather quickly with the savings that you will get from your energy bill. It’s definitely worth comparing your system to the newest models every few years, just to make sure your cooling costs aren’t far higher than they could be!
Look for systems with an Energy Star endorsement for the most efficient systems. Your trusted AC repair company can recommend some good ones if you aren’t sure where to start.
All things considered, replacing your home’s air conditioner can be a major expense, but it’s one that you’ll inevitably have to pay. By considering the four things above, you’ll know whether or not it really is time to replace your air conditioner or HVAC system or if it has a few good years left!