Have you ever tempted fate with the thought, “Boy, it sure feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had to replace any equipment in our home…”? When it comes to your air conditioning unit, you don’t have to sit back biting your fingers waiting to be plunged into a cooling emergency. Here are a few signs that your air conditioner is nearing the end of its lifespan, and what you can do to prepare for the next step in your home’s heating and cooling.
1. Your AC is more than a decade old
Ok, so this might not be a “sign” per se, but if it has been ten years since you have replaced your air conditioner (or ten years since you moved into a brand new home), it is nearing the end of its lifespan. This is when parts start to fail, and to replace them often costs nearly the same as installing a new air conditioner. Plus, when updating to a newer AC unit you can spend less each month on your cooling bills since modern air conditioners are more efficient! Which leads to the next sign.
2. Your cooling costs continue to rise
Even though energy prices can be unpredictable, if you have noticed your cooling bills are much higher than they have been in recent years, it could be a sign of advanced decline for your air conditioner. As multiple parts in your air conditioner begin to develop inefficiencies, it can impact how much energy it takes to create the cool air you need, and push it through your central ductwork.
3. Low air flow or warm air coming from your vents
Another sign to look out for if you have noticed your energy bills are higher than usual is low air flow or air that isn’t as cold as it needs to be. As the blower fan of your air conditioner wears down, air flow will be reduced, and you may notice certain rooms will not cool down. This often leads to longer cycles of operation as the air conditioner struggles to keep up with the thermostat setting, increasing the rate your air conditioner will decline and making AC breakdowns more likely.
4. You’ve had to schedule more repairs
As we mentioned earlier, a modern, efficient AC unit can often save you more in the long term. This is especially true if you are finding yourself calling an HVAC contractor for AC repairs multiple times a year. If you have had to deal with more than one AC emergency in the last year, new air conditioner installation is going to be the more financially viable option.
Want To Extend The Life Of Your AC? Schedule Maintenance!
If you suspect your air conditioner is on its last leg, get ahead of your inevitable home cooling emergency. The team here at Bovio can recommend a course of action, from replacing your AC with a more efficient model, or even transitioning your HVAC system to the efficiency and versatility of a Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Mini Split system.
However, if you suspect the cooling system in your Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Cinnaminson, Collingswood, Delran, Deptford, or Gloucester home may still have some life left in it and you aren’t quite ready for air conditioning installation, you can schedule air conditioning maintenance to ensure your equipment is running at peak efficiency!