As the summer heat starts to rise, it is important to make sure your air conditioning system is up to the task of keeping you, your family and pets cool and comfortable. But how do you know when it is time to replace your AC ? Here are a few things to consider:
How Old is Your Air Conditioning System?
Depending on use and maintenance, Air Conditioning systems typically last about 15-20 years (Energy Saver, 2023). HVAC systems become less efficient as they age, and older units are more likely to break down, requiring frequent repairs.
If your system is approaching the end of its lifespan, it is best to explore replacement options sooner, rather than later. Researching and purchasing a new HVAC system for your home can take time and it might not be easy to find a contractor for a broken system during a hot summer.
Does Your Air Conditioning System Appear to be Operating Smoothly?
If your system gives off strange noises, emits odors and/or provides inconsistent temperature control, it may be time to replace it.
If your system is new and exhibits any of these symptoms, first have a trusted HVAC company offer a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, along with the estimated cost of repair, the age of your system and frequency of repairs, you can evaluate whether it is more economical for you to address the system issue or replace it altogether.
Does Your Air Conditioning System Run Efficiently?
There are several factors that affect system efficiency. Older HVAC systems are less efficient than newer models resulting in increased energy bills.
Another factor affecting efficiency is system design. If your original system was not properly sized to address the unique layout of your home, or if you have made recent additions or renovations, your system may not cool your home efficiently.
Does Your Air Conditioning System Address Your Comfort Needs?
Thanks to today’s advanced HVAC technology, homeowners can experience customizable comfort options such as room-by-room temperature control, advanced air filtration and thermostat access from a smart device, such as a phone or tablet. These innovations go a long way to improve the indoor air quality and comfort of a home.
In contrast, outdated and poorly designed systems often struggle to even maintain a consistent temperature or provide adequate air flow. This can cause discomfort and understandable frustration for anyone in your home, especially on hot days.
Assessing and prioritizing your home’s unique needs (temperature and humidity levels, pet odor, allergens and mold), will help you be prepared to move to the next steps.
If you decide to explore replacement options, we recommend reaching out to a trusted, qualified HVAC expert (like Jay Moody HVAC!) to receive a quote on a new system.
Looking for help choosing the right installer? Read our recent blog post, 5 Questions to Ask Your HVAC Installer.
If you decide that now is not the time to replace your system, we recommend you prioritize system maintenance to help your air conditioning run better and last longer!
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