Keeping cool during the summer is no joke. If you live in an area with hot temperatures and frequent heatwaves, then you know that summer heat can be a (literal) killer. As a result, most homeowners don't delay replacement when their old air conditioning system finally suffers a fatal failure. However, waiting for the end to arrive isn't always the best replacement strategy.
In some cases, you may want to consider putting your old air conditioning system out to pasture before it finally kicks the bucket. If you're the type of person who usually likes to run their equipment to the breaking point, you should consider these three reasons to schedule an early retirement for your air conditioning system.
1. High Energy Costs
It's no secret that utility bills seem to go up year after year. Modern air conditioners offer better energy efficiency ratings than older units, allowing you to enjoy reduced energy costs with a newer system. You can determine if you can benefit from an energy efficiency upgrade by looking for the SEER rating on your system. Systems installed before 2005 may not even meet current SEER requirements.
If you know your system may only have a few years of life left, consulting with a SEER calculator can be an excellent way to determine if it's time to say goodbye. If your annual savings are more than a few hundred dollars, you'll likely save more money by replacing your system now than by trying to eek a few more years of life out of an old, inefficient air conditioner.
2. Poor Cooling Efficiency
Air conditioning systems tend to lose efficiency and performance as they age. As a result, you may find that your air conditioner no longer cools your house as well as it did in the past. You may be able to restore some of its functionality by replacing aging parts, but the added cost may not be worthwhile if it only buys your system a few more years.
If your air conditioner isn't cooling as well as it should, it's worth considering an early replacement. Getting rid of your old system won't just restore comfort to your home, but it will also save you money since your new system won't need to work as hard to keep you cool.
3. Excessive Repair Costs
Old air conditioners aren't unlike old cars. You may be able to keep one running, but the cost of doing so will gradually increase over time. The components on your air conditioning system may begin to fail one at a time, slowly increasing the cost of maintaining the unit until you're spending more on repairs than you would on an entirely new system.
If you've noticed that you need more and more frequent technician visits to keep your system going, it's almost certainly time to consider a replacement. Replacing an old, inefficient, and needy system is often a far cheaper choice than keeping one running.
Reach out to a company like Vance Air & Heat to learn more about AC replacement.