Summer is just about here, but for us did it ever really go away? You’ve likely already been using your air conditioner for weeks, and soon enough you’ll be relying on it daily. AC systems suffer extra stress in places like Florida, particularly during this time of year.
No amount of professional maintenance and care will keep your system running forever, either. This is why it’s important that you know when it’s time to replace your cooling system with a new one. If your AC is displaying any of the following signs, then it’s time to consult with one of our HVAC professionals about the possibility of a Palm Beach Gardens, FL air conditioning replacement.
Increasing Energy Bills
Your monthly HVAC operating costs are going to fluctuate with how much you use your cooling system, of course. However, if your monthly energy bills are unusually high despite comparable use to last year, it could very well be that your system has aged to the point that it’s no longer operating efficiently and needs to be upgraded.
The older an air conditioner gets, the more worn down it gets, which increases operating costs the closer the system gets to the end of its life. Have our professionals take a close look at your system if your bills begin to increase, just in case.
Frequent Repair Needs
Any type of air conditioning system is going to need a repair at some point. Components fail for many different reasons, and so long as those failures are spread out, it’s nothing to concern yourself with. However, if your cooling system needs to be repaired every few months, then it’s time to pay closer attention.
Aging air conditioning systems have more wear and tear on their parts than newer units. This eventually begins causing components to fail in rapid succession, increasing both the frequency and the cost of repairs. If you find yourself repairing your cooling system every few months, it’s certainly time to talk to a professional about your replacement options.
A general rule is that if your next repair is going to cost at least half of what you’d be investing in a new system, then you may as well buy the new system—in the end this is going to save you more than continually throwing money at a cooling unit that’s breaking down anyway.
As we’ve mentioned a couple times now, older air conditioners will eventually begin to experience problems, no matter how well-cared for they are. Even the most efficient cooling system will probably have 10-15 years of useful service life in it.
Once your system exceeds 15 years old, it’s going to start developing issues such as the problems we mentioned above. When it comes to cost effectiveness, it makes a lot more economical sense to replace a system that is this old, rather than continuing to invest in repairs—especially since today’s air conditioners are built with much higher efficiency, saving you money over the months and putting less stress on your wallet.
When you’re ready to replace your aging or failing air conditioner, give the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services a call!