5 Signs It’s Time to Put Your Old A/C Out of Its Misery

May 19, 2014

Has your air conditioner stopped working again? Stuck wondering whether you should repair or replace it?

We’re here to help.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 signs that it might be time to put your old air conditioner out to pasture.

You’ve lost count of the repairs

Has an air conditioning repairman spent more time in your home than you’d care to think about? Does the A/C repair company know you by name? Then it might be time to let your air conditioner retire.

Repairs tend to increase as an air conditioner nears the end of it’s life. So this onslaught of repairs isn’t likely to subside.

Your air conditioner is more than 12 years old

In other areas of the country, air conditioners can last 15-20 years. But in most of Florida, the average age is about 12 years because we use our air conditioners more than people in other states.

So if your air conditioner is 12 years old or more and in need of a significant repair, it’s worth considering replacing it since this could be the first of many repairs to come (see above).

Your utility bills have spiked this year

Take a look at your utility bills over the last several years. Is this year’s significantly higher? That can be another sign your air conditioner is nearing the end of its usable life.

As an air conditioner ages, its parts wear out and can become less efficient (one of the reasons you should get an A/C tune up twice a year). This becomes especially pronounced in the last few years of an air conditioner's life.

You’re just not comfortable anymore

Older air conditioners don’t keep you as comfortable as you’d like. If you have hot spots in your home or it feels like your air conditioner can’t quite keep your entire home cool enough, you might want to consider a new air conditioner

You’re concerned about saving money in the long run

If you’re going to be in your home for a while and are concerned about keeping your monthly utility costs down in the long term, a new A/C is usually the way to go (especially if your air conditioner is older).

New systems are much more efficient than models manufactured just a few years ago.

Obviously, buying a new unit will cost you more than a repair. But can pay for them selves in the long run from the lower cost to use it.

Want to know just how much you could save? Get in touch with one of our air conditioning experts.

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