The summer season is “officially” over, but we still have plenty of warm weather to contend with. Now is a great time to check and make sure your air conditioner is still in good shape. If your system had no problems keeping you cool over the past few months and you had maintenance and repairs done in the spring, you likely have nothing to worry about.
On the other hand, if your system was struggling to keep you comfortable, or struggling to keep you comfortable affordably this past summer, then it may be showing you signs that it’s about to call it quits. Read on as we uncover some of the top signs that it’s time for you to consider an AC replacement before next spring.
Your AC Cost Too Much to Run This Year
As air conditioners age, they gradually start losing their efficiency as the components wear down. At first, this efficiency loss isn’t noticeable. Eventually, though, it gets to the point that your air conditioner has to run longer and longer to operate, using up much more energy than it used to.
This longer runtime means the cost of using your air conditioner will rise. So take a look at your bills from this past summer. If they’re significantly higher than they were this same time last year, then it means something is causing your system to work less efficiently than it used to, and you’re likely in need of a replacement, especially if it is an older system.
You Need Multiple Repairs Each Summer
Needing repairs every now and again is normal. Parts wear down, and every few years or so you may need a component replaced. This is true even with routine preventive maintenance. However, if you’ve found yourself calling for AC repairs multiple times in the summer, it’s time to consult with a professional.
This high level of frequency in AC breakdowns is usually due to the system finally giving into those years of wear and tear. The various components inside of it are starting to fail in groups, which causes the frequency and cost of repairs to rise. Continuing to repair your system once it reaches this point is just going to waste money. You’ll likely need to replace it soon anyway. It’s better to do it now than to worry about it next spring when warmer weather starts again.
Your System Is Over 15 Years Old
Even assuming you had air conditioner maintenance done annually and called for repairs as soon as you need them, you can’t expect your cooling system to last forever. Eventually, your AC will get old enough that it simply can’t do its job as efficiently or effectively anymore, and it will start costing you way more money than it is worth.
The average, well-maintained air conditioner can last about 10–15 years. After this point, they start accumulating chronic issues that will make them increasingly expensive. Don’t wait for this to happen–reach out to our team to learn about your replacement options.