Is it Time for a New Air Conditioner? Here are 5 Warning Signs
Like most household items, air conditioners wear out and need to be replaced. But… how do you know when it’s time to pull the trigger and replace your old unit? Can you let it go for one more season?
Your wallet might not like it, but it is important for your health and for the comfort of your home that you replace your air conditioner when necessary.
How can you tell if your AC unit needs to be replaced?
Here are five signs that can warn you it’s time for a replacement:
1. Energy bills are climbing.
High energy bills indicate an air conditioner that just isn’t pulling its weight. Either it’s overworking itself to compensate for its inefficiency, or it’s just an old model. Regardless, an expensive utility bill can mean that it is time to upgrade.
2. You struggle with humidity control.
Old air conditioning units are not very good at controlling humidity levels. Upgrading to a newer model that balances humidity is key for home comfort. Dry air irritates the skin, while excess moisture in the air can cause problems with molding. If you notice the air in your home leaning heavily to one side of the humidity spectrum, you should call a professional to examine your unit.
3. You constantly have to repair the unit.
It stands to reason that if you are constantly making repairs to your air conditioner, it might just need to be replaced. It is rarely wise to invest repair money in an underperforming unit.
4. Your AC unit is getting old.
While there are certainly ways to increase the lifespan of your air conditioner, everything gets old. An old AC unit could be the reason that performance level is low (or utility bills are high). Typically, air conditioners last between 10-15 years. If yours is at the end of its expected lifespan, It is far more cost-effective to update your system than it is to fix it.
5. The temperature or air quality in your home is uncomfortable.
Replacing your air conditioner is not necessarily the first solution to every problem. There are several reasons your air conditioner might be functioning poorly, including dust and dirt build-up inside the vents. It is a good idea to clean your ductwork regularly. This prevents your air conditioner from overcompensating and costing you money.
Additionally, an incorrectly-sized unit can make temperature control difficult.
If you have noticed high energy bills or any other signs, it might be time to schedule an air conditioner repair or replacement. Taking the time to call a professional will result in a happier, more comfortable home.