We still have a bit of hot weather to go until things finally start to cool off. So, if you’re still using your air conditioner to stay cool during the daylight hours, you should keep a close eye on it to make sure it’s functioning properly. If your system is beginning to give off signs it can’t handle another cooling season, you might want to consider replacing it now. After all, if you wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year, you’re likely going to have to wait longer and pay more for the installation.
Is the AC Suspiciously Costly to Operate?
How much your air conditioner costs to operate from month to month is obviously tied to how much you use the system. You should still watch your monthly utility bills closely, though, as they can serve as a good indicator of when your system is having problems. If your air conditioner is consistently costing more to run than it should be from month to month, you need to have a professional look at it right away.
That kind of steady rise in operating costs often occurs when an air conditioner is starting to succumb to years of built-up wear and tear on its system. As the system wears down and loses efficiency, it is forced to work for longer periods of time in order to make up for the loss. That is what causes the spike in monthly costs.
Is It Breaking Down Frequently?
It’s not unusual for an air conditioner to need repairs a few times throughout its life. However, the system really shouldn’t be breaking down multiple times a year. If you need to repair your air conditioner that frequently, it is very likely that the system is near the end of its life. Parts are beginning to fail under the wear and tear in groups, causing the cost and frequency of the repair costs to jump significantly. Even if your air conditioner isn’t that old, something is obviously affecting the overall health of the system to the point where it is not functioning properly. It is almost certainly more cost-effective in the long run to replace the system entirely than to continue replacing it one part at a time.
How Old Is It?
Under ideal circumstances, you can expect an air conditioner to last around 10–15 years. That will vary slightly, depending on your individual situation. Once your air conditioner gets past that age, it will start to develop all kinds of problems. The system will start degrading at an accelerated rate, making it less and less cost-effective to operate. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, it might be worth talking to a professional about whether or not it’s a good idea to install a new system. You’ll probably save a lot of money in the long run by doing so.
Switzerland Air provides comprehensive air conditioner installation services in Freeport, TX. If you need a new air conditioner installed, or an old one replaced, contact us today for an appointment. We’ll make sure you get the best air conditioner for your needs.