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Is it Time to Replace My Air Conditioner?

With summer just around the corner, you want to be sure that your air conditioner is in good working condition. You rely on your AC all summer long to keep you and your family comfortable, so what happens when you’re facing some AC troubles? Do you spend the money to have it repaired or do you invest in a brand new AC? This question troubles many homeowners, especially those with older air conditioners, so this week, we’ve decided to help you out a bit.

We understand that the decision to invest in air conditioning repair or air conditioning replacement isn’t always clear cut. So, below, we’ve provided some helpful hints to get you started. Of course, though,  the best thing that you can do is consult with a professional HVAC technician before any final decisions are made. Keep reading to find out more! 

Consider Replacing Your AC If…

It’s old and outdated

Although built to last, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is anywhere between 10 and 15 years (it can last longer if you’ve kept up on maintenance!) So, if your AC has aged beyond this average life expectancy, it might be time for a replacement. Old, outdated air conditioners are simply not going to be as efficient or effective as newer models.

You notice uneven cooling or a lack thereof

Your air conditioner is responsible for keeping your home cool and comfortable all summer long. So, if it is no longer able to keep up with your family’s cooling demands, then it might be time to consider upgrading your system. Sometimes a lack of cool air is a sign that your AC needs repairs, but if it is also old or outdated, this problem could indicate that this system is simply worn out.

It requires frequent repairs

Your AC shouldn’t need repairs more than just a couple of times every few years. If you’ve found yourself picking up the phone and calling for repairs more often than normal, it might just be time for a replacement. As a rule of thumb, if you are spending 50% or more the cost of a replacement on your repairs, then it is best to just bite the bullet and invest in a new system.

It’s costing you a lot of money

We always recommend keeping a close eye on your monthly energy bills, as they can be quite telling when it comes to the condition of your AC. A sudden or steady rise in costs suggests that your air conditioner is no longer efficient, which is almost always due to an underlying issue. A professional HVAC technician will be able to determine the root cause of your high bills and recommend the best solution for you.

Be Sure to Hire a Pro

As we mentioned above, it is always best to consult with a professional before you make any final decisions. A technician will be able to thoroughly inspect your system and make the best recommendation for your home.

To schedule your air conditioning services this summer, be sure to contact the experts at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling. 

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