I dunno, should you?! But seriously, folks, it’s very important to be able to tell whether or not your air conditioner is in need of replacement before you use it for another summer. If you go into the hottest season of the year with a system that isn’t up to the task, you’re just begging for it to break down on you at the worst possible time. The best way to confirm whether or not your system is up to the task is to have a technician check it out for you every spring. If you aren’t sure, though, here are a few tips to help you decide whether or not it’s time to call in some professional help.
Is Your System Costing a Lot to Operate?
Obviously, your air conditioner is going to cause your electricity bill to rise more during the summer, when you’re using it a lot, than during other times of the year. The older an air conditioner gets, though, the more wear and tear it will accumulate. This will cause the system to lose efficiency, forcing it to operate for longer periods of time in order to achieve the same results that used to come easily to it. At first you probably won’t notice the difference. The more efficiency the system loses, though, the longer it’s going to have to operate and the more you’re going to have to pay at the end of each month. If your air conditioner seems to be causing your monthly bills to spike, it’s probably time for a new one.
Is Your Air Conditioner Breaking Down a Lot?
All air conditioning systems break down every once in a while. It’s just what happens. As an air conditioner gets closer to the end of its life, though, it will likely start to break down more and more often. The wear and tear on the various parts of the system will reach a point that they start to fail in groups. This may cause the air conditioner to break down as many as several times a year. If you have to repair your air conditioner more than once every few years, it’s a sign that something serious is probably wrong with the system. You should have a technician take a look at it as soon as you can.
Is Your System Older Than 15?
You may have noticed that both of the problems we discussed above are related to how old the air conditioner is. The average air conditioner can be expected to last around 10-15 years before it reaches the end of its useful lifespan. You can keep it going after that point, if you really want to spend the time and money to do so. The longer the system is in-service, though, the more it’s going to accumulate chronic issues that affect its cost efficiency. If your air conditioner is older than 15, it’s a good idea to replace it with a new one as soon as possible.