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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner Before Summer?

Air-conditionerWe’re finally starting to get some warm weather, and before long summer will be upon us. That makes now the perfect time to decide whether or not you should replace your air conditioner. If your current air conditioner isn’t up to the task of keeping you cool for another season, it’s better to replace it now than to wait for it to break down on you in the middle of a heatwave. Not sure if you need a new air conditioning system? Read on for some factors that might help you decide.

High Monthly Costs

As air conditioners get older, the wear and tear on them will eventually start to impact their efficiency. The more the efficiency of the air conditioner declines, the longer it will have to work to get the same results. This will be reflected in your monthly operating costs. If your air conditioner is costing you more to operate each month than you feel it should, it might be time to install a new one.

Frequent Breakdowns

You should expect to have your air conditioner need professional repairs once or twice throughout its life. However, if the system is breaking down several times a year you likely have a much bigger problem. If your system is breaking down every few months, that’s typically an indication that the air conditioner is getting close to the end of its life. You can keep repairing your air conditioner one part at a time if you want, but what you’re really doing at that point is replacing the system a part at a time. You’d save much more money and frustration in the long run by just installing a new system entirely.

Old Age

Air conditioners can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years, give or take depending on individual circumstances. If your air conditioner is older than 15, you definitely should consult with a professional about whether or not you need a new system. Older air conditioners are prone to developing all kinds of age-related problems, which technically include the ones we’ve already discussed above. The older the system, the more problems it’s going to have and the more costly it’s going to be to keep up and running. It’s a good idea to replace older air conditioners as soon as possible, especially if summer is around the corner. You’re going to pay a higher up front cost for installation, but you’ll save much more money in repair and operating costs over time than you would by keeping your old system.

So, if you’ve read the above points and you think it’s time for a new air conditioner, don’t hesitate. Contact a professional, and make sure that you have a new system in place before summer weather arrives.

Area Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides comprehensive air conditioning installation services in Vancouver, WA. If you need a new air conditioner installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll find the perfect air conditioning system for your needs.

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