The days are beginning to warm up, and before long we’ll be in the middle of the hottest time of the year. That means it’s time to start getting your air conditioner prepped for the added stress of keeping you cool all summer long. Part of those preparations, however, include evaluating whether your air conditioner can even make it through another summer. If not, you’ll need to have it replaced with a new one. How can you tell if you need a new air conditioner? Read on to find out.
The easiest way to evaluate whether or not you need a new air conditioner is to look at the age of your current one. Most air conditioners are built to last around 15–20 years, with regular repairs and maintenance. If your air conditioner is that old, and has been experiencing problems, it is probably cheaper in the long run to just replace it than to keep it running. Even if the system is running fine at that age, the increase in efficiency that you would get from a new system would probably still be worth the switch.
Older systems are worn out, plain and simple. The wear and tear on their constituent parts makes them less efficient than they once were, causing them to have to stay on for longer to achieve the same temperature changes. This leads to higher electric bills, which is a good sign that you need a new air conditioner.
That same wear and tear that decreases the system’s efficiency will eventually cause parts to fail. A healthy system should only need repairs every year or two. In an older system, however, the advanced wear and tear will start causing groups of parts to fail in rapid succession. If you have to have your air conditioner repaired every few months, it’s time to replace it.
If you need a new air conditioner, call Russell’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We install and service air conditioners throughout Yucaipa, CA.