We’ve been dealing with hot and humid weather for the last few weeks, long before the rest of the country has started to thaw out. It is only going to get hotter in the coming months, though, which means that if you don’t have a reliable air conditioner installed already, you’re in trouble. If you have an air conditioner, but you’re not sure whether or not it’s going to last another season, it’s a good idea to replace it now. Otherwise, you run the risk of having it die on you in the middle of the hottest months of the year. Make sure you’re familiar with the warning signs that your system is on its last legs, so that you won’t be caught off-guard.
Spikes in Utility Bills
The more you use your air conditioner, the more it’s going to cost you monthly (obviously.) What happens, though, if your bills start to rise for no apparent reason from month-to-month? Well, it could just mean that your air conditioner is worn out. As an air conditioner gets older, the years of use will start to wear on the various parts of the system. The efficiency of the air conditioner will decline, at which point it will have to operate for longer periods of time to maintain the same temperature changes. Eventually, this extended operating time will be reflected in your monthly bills.
Eventually, all that wear and tear on the various parts of the system will move beyond simply increasing your monthly bills and start causing more serious issues. Parts of the air conditioner will eventually become so worn out that they will begin to fail entirely, often in groups. All air conditioners need repairs every once in a while, but if you need to have yours repaired multiple times a year you should take it as a warning sign. It will likely be more cost effective to replace your entire system at that point than to keep replacing it one part at a time.
Under ideal circumstances, you can expect an air conditioner to last around 10 to 15 years. Once an air conditioner gets older than that, it will begin to have problems like those listed above. You can keep pouring money into maintaining that old system, or you can install a new system and save yourself the trouble. Whether or not an air conditioner is ready to be replaced at 15 years is, of course, dependent on the circumstances of the individual system. So, it’s a good idea to have a professional examine the system to evaluate whether or not you can get a few more years of use out of it.
If you need help replacing your air conditioner, or you aren’t sure whether or not you need a new one, contact us today for an appointment. We’ll make sure that your home is properly prepared for the start of the summer season.
Speedy Air Conditioning Service offers a full range of air conditioner replacement services in Vero Beach, FL.