After all of the heat waves we’ve been having lately, fall cannot get here any sooner. But while you are patiently awaiting the fall weather, you still need your air conditioner to operate properly for a little while longer. If your aging air conditioning system has begun to struggle, you should consider replacing it as soon as possible. While some homeowners wait until the system has broken down completely, this generally results in higher costs overall. Here are a few signs that your AC may finally be past its prime.
Signs an Upgrade May Be in Order
Unsure of whether a replacement is in order? Consider the following as signs that your air conditioner is no longer aging gracefully.
- Frequent repairs: If you seem to make repairs on your system at least a couple of times a year, the cost of these repairs may be getting out of control. More than likely you are only putting a patch on a larger problem—an outdated system that should be thrown out and replaced.
- High-cost repairs: If a repair costs more than $500, it’s probably not worth it. The parts of your original system are all designed to work together, and a part that didn’t come with the unit might make the whole system suffer in performance.
- An old, inefficient system: Eventually, an older air conditioner consumes far too much energy without properly cooling the home. We recommend that you consider a replacement after about 10 -15 years.
Fall Is the Perfect Time for an Upgrade
Now is an excellent time to shop around for a high-performance, high-efficiency air conditioning replacement. Technicians have a lot of time to schedule an appointment, and you won’t have to worry about it potentially failing during the next heat wave or at the beginning of next summer. You can find a system that potentially saves you hundreds of dollars a year if you seek out one with a high SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio).
Efficient, high-performance air conditioning systems in the Sherman Oaks area are available from the friendly technicians at Air Classic. Contact us for all your air conditioning and heating needs!