Summer is just about to end, a concept that the Comfort Bear can certainly get behind! Do you know how hot it gets under all this fur?
Of course, we still do have some hot weather ahead, and there’s always the chance of a heat wave too. The last thing you need is an old air conditioner to shut down on you when you still need it to work at it’s very best.
So, if you suspect yours isn’t up to the task of keeping you cool much longer, let alone working next summer, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it with a new system now. The Comfort Bear and Team are here to help you decide if it really is time to do so, or if you can maybe get by with another repair. If your system is under 10 years old and hasn’t had a lot of repair needs in that time, it’s a different story than one that’s over 15 and has had multiple issues. We’ll elaborate below, as we go through the reasons you may want to consider replacement:
Your AC System is Costing More to Operate Each Month
As your air conditioner ages, it will gradually start losing its efficiency as parts wear down. At first, this efficiency loss won’t be noticeable. Eventually, however, it will end up becoming so severe that the air conditioner will be forced to operate for a longer period of time in order to compensate.
The longer operating time will drive up the monthly cost of using your air conditioner. Essentially, if your AC system is costing much more to use per month than you think it should be, it could very well be because you need a new one.
You Need Frequent Repairs
Needing a repair every now and then isn’t a big deal. Every few years or so, for example, you might need to have a component replaced or a part adjusted even with routine maintenance. However, if you find your air conditioner needs repairs multiple times a year, it’s time to consult with a professional technician about the benefits of upgrading.
This level of frequency in repair needs is usually due to the system finally succumbing to years of wear and tear. The various components inside it are beginning to fail in groups, causing the frequency and cost of repairs to skyrocket. Continuing to repair the system once it reaches this point is going to waste money. You’ll likely need to replace it soon anyway. It’s better to do this now, and be able to rely on it for the rest of the summer and not worry about it next year.
Your AC Is Over 15 Years Old
Even assuming you schedule preventive maintenance each year, and call for repairs as soon as you notice any problem, you can’t expect your air conditioner to last indefinitely. Eventually, the system will get old enough that it just isn’t worth keeping around anymore.
The average lifespan for an air conditioner is 10-15 years, as we alluded to above. After this point, your air conditioner starts to accumulate chronic issues that will make it increasingly expensive to keep it up and running. If your AC has reached this point, it’s definitely worth consulting with a pro about a new system installation.