Wondering if it’s time to say goodbye to your central air conditioner? Maybe the air conditioner needs repairing and you’re wondering if it’s worth it. Or maybe you’re just cautious and are planning ahead.
Whatever the case, we’re here to help. Here are 4 signs you need a new central AC.
1) Reached retirement age (10-15 years old)
According to the National Association of Home Builders, an air conditioning unit lives an average of 10-15 years.
But the AC’s lifespan also varies depending on how much professional maintenance it’s had through the years. Less maintenance=shorter lifespan.
2) Requires a major repair/part replacement (and the warranty has expired)
Some replacement parts and repairs just aren’t worth paying for when the cost gets too high, especially when the air conditioner is old and the warranty has expired.
For example, if you need to replace the compressor in the outside unit when your air conditioner is 15+ years old, you should strongly consider replacing the air conditioning system.
3) Does not keep you comfortable anymore
Are you never cool at home in the summer? Does your home seem more humid than it should be? Have multiple air conditioner repairs not solved these problems?
If you answered yes to these, you may need a new air conditioner.
4) You’re tired of paying high-energy bills
Older air conditioners are less efficient than newer ones. And they get even less efficient over time.
You can check your utility bills from the last couple of summers to see how bad it’s really become. (Myenergy.com can sync with your utility company to show you this information and how much you’re paying compared to people in your area.)
If you’ve had enough of those high cooling bills, consider getting a new air conditioner.
Need help finding the perfect central air conditioner?
Check out our article, “A Beginner Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing the Perfect Air Conditioner for Your Home.”
Got questions? Ask us for help. We’re here when you need us.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Plumbing, Heating and Air has served the Twin Cities since 1918.