Spring is almost at an end, and summer is on the horizon. If your home isn’t already prepared to deal with the summer heat, now is a pretty good time to get it ready. That might mean scheduling preventive maintenance for your air conditioner to get it in top operating condition, or it could mean replacing it entirely. You don’t want to go into summer with a system you can’t rely on to keep you cool, after all. If you’re not certain whether or not your current air conditioner has the chops to get you through another hot season, read on for some signs that might help you decide.
Does Your Air Conditioner Have High Monthly Costs?
The cost of using your air conditioner is obviously going to rise as you use it more often. However, you should contact a professional to take a look at it if it starts to cost significantly more than usual. Spikes in monthly costs usually occur due to wear and tear on the air conditioner over years of use. The older and more worn out the air conditioner gets, the more its efficiency will decline and the longer the system will have to operate to compensate for it. This is what drives up the costs, even though the longer operating time may not be noticeable at the time that it’s happening.
Does Your Air Conditioner Break Down Frequently?
It’s not unusual for air conditioners to break down every once in a while. Things happen and a system repair every few years does not mean that there is something chronically wrong with it. However, you really shouldn’t need to repair your air conditioner multiple times a year. If your system breaks down every few months, or even once a year, it’s a sign that it’s getting close to the end of its life. The accumulated wear and tear on the system causes parts of it to begin failing in groups. If you’re paying to repair your air conditioner that frequently, you would save a lot of money in the long run by just installing a new system.
Is Your Air Conditioner Over 15 Years of Age?
Assuming you take perfect care of your air conditioner, you can expect it to last anywhere between 10-15 years. Once an air conditioner passes that age group, it will begin to accumulate a range of problems that will begin to impact its efficiency. The older the air conditioner gets, the more problems it will start to have and the more costly it will be to keep up and running. If your air conditioner is older than 15, you should definitely consult with a professional about replacing it with a new system. The initial cost might be steeper than just patching your old air conditioner up for another summer, but you’ll save much more money in the long run.
Climate Control Heating & Cooling provides a full range of air conditioning installation services in Kansas City, MO. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians.