Winter is ending, and summer is not far off. Though it may seem a bit soon to get ready for the summer heat, spring is the best possible time to make sure that your home is prepared. Part of those preparations is making sure that your air conditioner is able to get you through another summer. If not, it’s far better to replace it now than to wait for it to break down on you in the middle of one of the hottest months of the year. If you aren’t sure whether or not you should install a new air conditioner before summer starts, read on.
Monitor Your Bills
You are probably going to start using your air conditioner to keep cool within the next couple of weeks, if you haven’t already. When you do start using it, keep a close eye on your monthly bills. The older an air conditioner gets, the more worn out it becomes and the more its efficiency drops. As the air conditioner output declines, it stays on for longer and longer periods of time in order to compensate. This will, of course, cause a corresponding rise in your monthly bills. If it seems to be costing you more and more money each month to operate your air conditioner, and you aren’t actually using it more often, you need to have a look at perhaps replacing it.
Excessive Repair Costs
There are two components to this one. The first is frequency. The wear and tear the system experiences as it ages will eventually cause parts to start breaking down more and more frequently. All air conditioning systems need repair every once in a while, of course, but if you need to repair your air conditioner at least once or twice a year it’s probably time to replace it.
The second thing you need to worry about with regard to repair is cost. If you repair your air conditioner just once every few years, that’s great. However, if each repair or replacement part costs quite a bit more than it should, you have a problem. This might be because your air conditioner requires parts that are no longer being manufactured, which inflates the price of each repair when it’s needed. If your technician is finding a harder time finding parts with which to repair your air conditioner, you should replace it with a new one.
Air conditioners often break down entirely because of problems related to age. Under ideal circumstances, an air conditioner can last 15 to 20 years. Once it gets older than that, the cost and effort involved with keeping it up and running often exceeds the value of the entire system. If your air conditioner is older than 20 years, ask a professional if you might not be better served by replacing it.
Switzerland Air provides comprehensive air conditioner installation services throughout Angleton, TX. If you need an air conditioning service appointment, contact us today. We’ll make sure you have an air conditioner that’s ready for summer.