When you start your AC in the spring, do you hold your breath, hoping it’ll run properly this year? Maybe you know that your system is nearing the end of its lifespan but you aren’t sure when you’ll need to replace it. Relieve that stress and consider these signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner in Millville, DE.
Ancient AC System
The average forced air heat pump AC has an expected service life of 10 to 15 years, while central AC lasts close to 20 years. If your system is nearing that age or is older, it’s time to consider a replacement. Not only do old systems require more repairs, but they’re also less efficient than modern models.
Continually Climbing Utility Bills
It’s difficult to understand whether climbing utility bills are a result of system wear or simply climbing energy prices. Dig into your actual usage, reported on your bill in kilowatt-hours or kWh. Seeing your actual consumption continue to climb every month compared to the prior year indicates a potential system problem.
Frequent Service Calls
HVAC professionals see an increase in AC repair calls for aging systems, typically in the system’s last two years. Look at how often you’re calling for repairs, either major or minor. As the system’s components wear out, you’ll experience more of these service calls.
It’s Blowing Hot Air
Your system blowing hot air doesn’t always mean it’s time for a replacement. However, combined with age, it may indicate that it’s time. Older systems have a higher likelihood of a bad compressor, which usually means a system replacement.
Like a car, there’s a point where it doesn’t make sense to continue repairing your AC system. For a rough guide, multiply the cost of the repair by your system’s age in years. If the product exceeds the cost of a new system, it’s time to consider a replacement.
Don’t keep sinking money into running an older system that constantly needs repairs. Call to schedule your new AC installation or consultation with our experts at Custom Mechanical today.
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