Air conditioning systems don’t last forever, no matter how well-maintained they are. Even if you schedule preventive maintenance for your air conditioner every year and promptly repair any issues, you will eventually need to replace it. It’s best that you know the warning signs that your air conditioner is in trouble before it dies completely. You don’t want to be blindsided if it gives out in the middle of a hot summer day. The following are just a few of the signs that you should call for air conditioning replacement services sooner rather than later.
High Monthly Costs
Your energy bills are obviously going to rise the more you use your air conditioner from month to month. You should call a technician to examine the system if it starts to cost an exorbitant amount to use on a monthly basis. The older and more worn down an air conditioner gets, the more efficiency it will lose. This will force the system to operate for longer periods of time to compensate. You may not notice this at first, but if you’re paying attention to your energy bills you will almost certainly notice the spike. Unfortunately, if wear and tear is the cause the best solution to the issue is often to replace the system.
High Malfunction Rate
It’s not unusual to have your air conditioner malfunction every once in a while. If your system is breaking down multiple times a year, though, you have a big problem. Similar to the issue we talked about above, that level of breakdown frequency is often the result of wear and tear on the system. The wear and tear has progressed to the point that multiple parts of the system are beginning to fail in rapid succession. This will not stop, and very likely will worsen the longer you use the system. If your air conditioner is breaking down this often, it’s likely that you’ll need to install a new system as soon as possible.
The older your air conditioner gets, the more chronic issues it’s going to collect that negatively impact its operating efficiency. This will make your system more and more expensive to operate over time, eventually making it more expensive to use than it is worth. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years of age, it’s probably past this point. We recommend that you talk to a qualified technician as soon as you can about installing a new system. It’s possible you’ll be able to get a few more years of use out of it, but in all likelihood, they will be years of low output and expensive repairs. You’ll save more money in the long run if you replace it now.