As a homeowner, you already know that ongoing maintenance is just part of the deal. It’s great to own your own property, but you don’t have a landlord to turn to when something needs to be fixed. So, it’s important to pay attention to the signs it’s time to replace your air conditioner, or how your systems are working, and make the necessary repairs or upgrades.
With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to your air conditioning system. Specifically, the way it is performing and some of the signs you’ll want to watch for, that indicate it might be time to have that system replaced. Nothing lasts forever, of course, and replacing your air conditioner as its performance starts to fade is a smart move.
Whether you have decided that it’s time to move on or if you want some help making that choice, Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric is here to serve you. Reach out today to discuss your situation and we’ll help you decide how to proceed.
5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner
#1 – Lagging Performance
One of the easiest ways to tell when it is time to replace your air conditioner is simply by paying attention to how it performs when the weather heats up. Does it feel like it is taking longer and longer for your home to cool down? Are you noticing that the system just keeps running and running, and it struggles to reach the target temperature you have set on the thermostat? When these problems become regular occurrences, a new air conditioner might be the appropriate solution.
It should be noted, however, that poor performance does not always call for a replacement of the air conditioner. Sometimes, this issue can be resolved by other, less expensive means. Always work with a qualified HVAC contractor to consider your options and figure out what approach will be best.
#2 – Ongoing Repair Work
You will quickly get tired of paying repair bills for your aging air conditioning system if it keeps breaking down for one reason or another. While it might make sense to have it fixed once or twice, repairs that just keep piling up are likely a sign that just replacing the whole thing will be the better way to go. Not only will you get a more reliable system when you replace the old one, but you’ll also get better performance and use less energy along the way.
#3 – It’s Old
Simply put, an old air conditioner is sure to start giving you problems at some point. That is particularly true if the old unit uses R-22 refrigerant, which has been phased out for environmental concerns and is getting harder and harder to find for maintenance and repair. Aside from R-22 concerns, an old unit isn’t going to work as well as a new one, and it will be more expensive to operate on a monthly basis. Take the step to replace your air conditioner with a modern unit and you’ll immediately enjoy the benefits of that upgrade.
#4 – It’s Loud
All air conditioners make noise while they are running, so hearing some sounds from both the indoor and outdoor units is not a cause for concern. However, if those noises have grown louder – or if there are strange, irregular sounds being produced – there could be trouble ahead. This is one of those situations where you might be able to get out ahead of any future issues by just having the aging air conditioner replaced now so you don’t have to deal with any interruption in service during a hot time of the year.
#5 – Costs Are Rising
Pay attention to how much it costs to run your air conditioner during the summer months. If you have been using the air conditioner to cool your home to the same temperature as normal, but it is costing more and more to get the same results, your system might be due for a replacement. Those increased utility bills are a sign that your air conditioner is working harder than it used to – so not only are you paying more in energy costs, but you are also likely getting lackluster performance along the way.
An air conditioner that is struggling to meet the demands of cooling your home will not only lead to a warm house in the summer months, but it will also cost you extra money on your utility bill as it operates inefficiently. If you see some of the signs we mentioned above, call Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric to have the equipment replaced and enjoy outstanding performance for years to come.