As much as we would like it to be the case, no machine or appliance lasts forever, no matter how well it’s made or cared for. Your air conditioning system is no exception. It has a limited lifespan and when it reaches the end of it, it’s a good idea to have the system replaced before it completely breaks down on you.
Plus, those repairs may prove to be worthless if you discover you need a new system altogether.
Our team is happy to conduct an inspection and help you determine if your air conditioning system is on its last legs. This way, you can schedule a replacement at your convenience, preventing an emergency loss of cooling.
“How Do I Know If My Air Conditioner is Dying?”
The best way to determine this is to call in a pro to complete a thorough inspection. However, there are certainly guidelines you can go by that indicate you’d be better off with a replacement rather than paying for more useless repairs.
System Age: Your cooling system’s manufacturer set a service life estimate for that system. This is typically the period the warranty covers. Generally speaking, a central air conditioning system that undergoes moderate use and is well cared for can last about 10-15 years. If yours is approaching that time or over it, then it’s a good candidate to consider a replacement for.
Noisy Operation: Now, this could be the sign of an isolated incident, such as a broken fan belt or another loose component in your system. But, one of the goals of AC design is to create systems that operate as quietly as possible. So if you’ve had repairs done but are still hearing some general grinding and clanging, your system is wearing down and it’s time to consider a new one.
Rising Utility Bills: Be sure to take a look at your cooling bills. Are they higher than that of last year? If your usage hasn’t changed much from year to year, and yet you’re seeing a spike in your energy costs, there’s a very good chance your system isn’t performing as efficiently as it once was, because it’s aged to a point that it no longer can.
Excessive Repair Needs: It’s rare that you’ll never need repairs on your air conditioner throughout its service life. In fact, that’s pretty much unheard of, since components will wear down as a natural part of operation over the years. But, you should only need repairs once every couple of years or so. If you find yourself calling for repairs every few months, it’s time to decide if paying for those repairs is really worth it.
A good rule of thumb to go by is if you have a massive repair need in front of you and it’s going to cost half as much as a new system is worth, it makes more economic sense to get a new, high-efficiency cooling system.