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Three Signs It's Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Like any other appliance in your home, your heating and air conditioning equipment isn’t going to last forever. Yes, they can easily last for ten, 15, or even 20 years when properly maintained and cared for, but over time the system will wear out and you’ll need to consider getting a new one. But how do you know that time is now? Will a simple repair simply get you back on your feet again? After a while, this isn’t always the case.

Here are three signs that it’s time to start considering a replacement for your aging air conditioning system.

Repair Cost

Does it feel like there is always some kind of emergency happening with your HVAC system? After a while, repairs get expensive. Sure, a small repair here or there may not seem like much, but when you have to repair your system once, twice, or even more times a year because something breaks again, those service calls add up. In fact, you could find you’re spending thousands of additional dollars on your heating and cooling each year, purely in repair costs. Much of that may also be because parts for your particular system may not have been manufactured for some time, and finding them is getting harder and harder. At that point, replacing your system makes sense: if you’re spending so much getting it fixed, get a new system and enjoy not having to pay for repairs!

Here’s how you know it’s time for a new system: as your system ages, start asking yourself how much each repair is going to cost as time goes by. If your system is still fairly new, such as five to seven years old, if a repair is roughly $1,500 or less, then go for the repair. However, if your system is 15 or 17 years old, $1,500 for a repair is a much rougher investment because it may not even keep your system working for that much longer. At that point, if the cost of your repair is more than $300 or so, you should just consider replacing your system completely. You’ll save money in the long run doing so.

Repair Frequency

How often do you have to repair your system? Almost never? Once every few years? Once a year? Twice a year? More? This is a huge indication as to how old your system is, and an older system is more likely to need to be replaced. As a system ages, the various parts that make it work will grow old and wear out, however they don’t age at the same rate. Some last longer than others. That means eventually, you’re going to start replacing parts bit by bit, and that means you’re going to be paying for a lot of repairs.

Alternatively, you could just save yourself the headache and replace your system. A brand new system is full of brand new parts, which will last for many additional years going forward. Additionally, if you properly maintain the system, those parts will last even longer, saving you money and forcing you to repair the system less frequently!

Energy Cost

This is a bit of a tricky one because it can be somewhat misleading, but energy cost is also a huge indication that your system needs to be replaced. This is tricky because there are two ways in which your energy costs can fluctuate related to your heating and cooling. First, air leaks. These pesky little gaps that allow air to leak in and out of your home make it difficult for your air conditioner to keep up during summer months. It may not be that your system is aging, just that all of the work it’s doing is being negated by the weather outside seeping its way in.

Second, your energy rates are not stagnant. In fact, even conservative estimates anticipate the cost of energy rising by three percent year over year for the next couple of decades. That means even if you run your air conditioner the exact same amount year to year, your cost is still going to go up.

What you’re looking for is a sudden, unexplained spike in your utility bills. Does it seem like your lights aren’t on any more than normal and your air conditioner is running about the same amount, but you suddenly find yourself paying $50 or more on each month’s electric bill? Well you may have an old, inefficient air conditioner to blame. But rest assured, you can solve this problem by replacing it with a new, energy-efficient model that uses less energy and works better than your old system ever did!

Learn more about replacing your air conditioner by calling Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC at (561) 270-6181 and speaking with one of our Palm Beach County air conditioning experts.