How to Know It’s Time to Replace Your Central Air Conditioner
There is nothing worse on a hot, humid summer day than an central air conditioning that isn’t doing its job. While there can be many situations that merit a visit from a professional to handle and even things you can do to make your central air unit work better, sometimes, it’s simply time to say goodbye to your current model and upgrade to a new central air conditioning. Read on to learn some common signs it’s time to say sayonara to your central air conditioner:
The Air Isn’t Very Cold
Obviously, if your unit isn’t producing enough cool air to make your indoor space comfortable, there is an issue. One common problem that negatively affects the temperature of your air is low Freon levels. In that case, you are likely better off repairing your old AC unit. However, if it's a broken compressor or a more expensive part of the unit, it can be nearly as expensive to fix your unit as it is to replace it altogether.
Your House is Way Too Humid
High humidity levels in your home can vastly alter your comfort level. While the temperature itself might not be that high, if you have too much humidity in your interior spaces, it can make your house feel stuffy, sticky, and just downright uncomfortable. This can indicate your unit is not working as it should. Remember, your unit is designed to remove moisture from the hot air inside your home, then send it back into your space cool and comfortable. If there is no obvious reason that the airflow isn’t working as it should, but your indoor space is too stuffy, this could indicate your air conditioning unit isn’t doing its job as designed and might need to be replaced.
Your Power Bill is Climbing
While it’s normal to note some increases in energy usage when the outside temperature and humidity levels rise, if you notice a sharp increase, this could indicate your AC system is not working as efficiently as designed. A sizable portion of everyone’s energy bill is allocated to running the central air conditioning. Therefore, if you notice a big jump in your overall energy cost, this might reveal a problem with your current cooling system.
It’s Old, At Least Over 10 Years
In most cases, you will only get 10 years out of a central air conditioning system, max. If you maintain your system well, you might stretch that number to 15 years. Therefore, if you notice your central air unit isn’t doing its job, you must call in repairmen regularly to fix various problems and your unit also happens to be over 10 years old, it’s likely the unit has simply reached the end of its life.
You Have Constant Issues
Even well-made and maintained central air conditioning will occasionally need repair work. However, if you call an AC repair company frequently to fix various issues related to your central air unit, it might be time to consider replacing it. After all, if you pay service fees and the cost of labor and parts each time, it can add up fast and become fiscally advantageous to replace your central air conditioning instead of furthering repair efforts.
Unfortunately, if you notice the above signs, your central air conditioning is probably in need of replacement or getting very close to that point. Call us today to learn more about replacement options and why it could be the better choice over continued repairs.