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Signs You Need a New AC

An old air conditioner unit, in need of updating, sitting in tall weedsYour home’s air conditioning system is typically among the most expensive mechanical systems you’ll install. Naturally so, the thought of replacing it isn’t always pleasant for homeowners. But even when we have milder summers, you really don’t want to go without air conditioning—so if yours is ready for replacement, now is the time to start shopping.

When you find what you need, which our team can help you with, be sure to contact us for professional air conditioning installation in Oklahoma City. In the meantime, though, how can you even tell that your existing air conditioner is a candidate for replacement?

Your Air Conditioner is OLD

Whatever type of system you have and no matter how well cared for it is, if your cooling system is over 12-15 years of age, it’s time to at least start considering a replacement as it nears the end of its lifespan. Perhaps you’re not having any major operational problems yet, but at 12-15 years that clock is ticking. You don’t want your air conditioner to fail at the worst possible moment.

Additionally, older systems simply don’t function as efficiently as newer AC models, which have entered the market in the last 15-20 years. If your cooling system was manufactured in the 90’s, it might have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 10 or less, while newer systems are at least in the 13-14 range.

Lastly, depending on how old your system is, it may be using Freon refrigerant, which has been found to be hazardous to the environment. It’s actually being phased out as a result, and soon won’t even be available for your older air conditioner.

You Need Frequent, Costly Repairs

Air conditioners are designed to be durable. However, as they age, repair needs will increase. A well maintained, high-efficiency air conditioner may need repairs once every couple of years, while an aging and degrading system may need them every few months.

Making repairs this often can, understandably, get pretty expensive and inconvenient. A general rule of thumb to go by is that if your next repair is going to cost around half of what an air conditioner is worth, it’s going to make more financial sense to upgrade the system.

Your Monthly Bills Keep Rising

This is among the most subtle of AC repair signs. Naturally, we all expect to pay more in the summer when our units are used the most, but be sure to take a look at your year-over-year energy usage. If it’s trending upward, it’s likely because your air conditioner is working much harder than it should have to in order to produce the same amount of cooling power.

The problem may be something repairable, such as a refrigerant leak that needs to be located and fixed. But the problem could be more serious, and for that reason, it’s important to call in a pro at the first sign of AC trouble.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!

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