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Do I Need to Replace My Air Conditioner This Year?

air-conditioner-moneyWe may still have temperatures in the 60’s most days, but the hot weather is going to sneak up on you if you aren’t careful. Hopefully, you’ve already made the necessary preparations to get your home ready for the summer, including making sure that your system is ready to keep you cool for another hot season. If your air conditioner isn’t able to last another summer, it’s a good idea to replace it now. You don’t want to have the system suddenly break down on you under the wear and tear. If you’re not sure whether or not you need to replace your air conditioner before summer, you should keep an eye out for the following indications.

Your Monthly Bills are Inexplicably High

All of us have experienced months where we’re willing to pay a higher bill in exchange for keeping comfortable. There’s a difference between that, though, and an unexplained rise in monthly costs. Most of the time, a steady and unusual rise in monthly bills can be attributed to the wear and tear brought on by years of normal use. As the air conditioner ages, the various parts inside it will start to wear out and lose efficiency. This efficiency loss will eventually progress to the point where the system will have to operate for longer and longer to compensate. This will, of course, contribute to a higher monthly bill. Even if this is not the cause of the unexplained rise in bills, chances are there is another problem that is causing it. You should have a professional examine the system, to make sure.

You Have to Repair the System Often

All air conditioners need to be repaired on occasion. However, you should begin to be a bit more concerned if your air conditioner needs repairs multiple times a year. Needing to repair your system every few months, especially if it’s a different part that needs repair each time, means that the air conditioner is reaching the end of its natural lifespan. You can keep repairing the system, if you want to spend the money on it. Ultimately, though, it’s far more cost-effective to replace the entire system.

Your System is Older Than 15 Years

The typical air conditioner can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years. Once the system gets older than that, it begins to develop issues like those listed above. In most cases, a system will rapidly become more trouble than it’s worth once it passes the age of 15. The vast majority of the time, it’s ideal to replace your air conditioner if it is older than that. You might be able to squeeze a few more good years out of it, depending on your individual situation. If your air conditioner is that old, but you still think it’s worth using it for a while, at least have a professional examine your system for you. They’ll be able to tell for certain whether or not your system is worth using for a bit longer.

Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers air conditioning replacement services throughout Perkasie, PA. If you need to have your air conditioner replaced, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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