The days are starting to get longer, as we get closer to summer. Soon you will have to rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool. That means more strain on the system, and a greater likelihood of malfunctions occurring. For most people, a simple preventive maintenance appointment will be sufficient to prepare the system for the added stress of summer. In some cases, though, the only option will be to replace the entire system. If you have an older system, and you’re not sure whether or not it can make it through another summer, have a look at these signs that you might need to replace it.

Monthly Bill Increases

Older air conditioners are more worn down from years of use, which has a substantial impact on their ability to cool homes. As the efficiency of a system declines, it is forced to operate for longer to cool the home. This causes the monthly cost of operating the system to rise. If your monthly air conditioning bills are going up for no apparent reason, it might be that you need to replace your air conditioner.

Repair Needs Spike

Air conditioners of all ages need repairs every once in a while, for all kinds of reasons. Typically, though, these repairs should only be necessary once every handful of years. If you need to repair your air conditioner multiple times a year, it’s a definite sign that you need to replace your system. This is often caused by years of wear and tear on the various parts of the system, resulting in a cascade of failures in a short period of time. Whereas repair needs in younger air conditioners are often caused by external conditions or freak occurrences, these cluster repairs are simply the result of old age. Which brings us to our final sign that you need to replace your air conditioner.

Old Age

Even with careful maintenance and prompt repairs, an air conditioner cannot last indefinitely. Under ideal circumstances, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is around 10–15 years. A system that is older than 15 years may still be able to operate, but it certainly won’t be able to do it as well or as cheaply as a younger system. If you are interested in saving as much money as possible on your cooling costs, it’s best to replace an air conditioner once it gets this old. Otherwise, you’re going to have to spend quite a bit of money and effort maintaining a system that will not be able to serve you as well. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, consult with a professional regarding when you should replace it. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did.

Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers a full range of air conditioner installation services in Port Charlotte, FL. If you need to have an old air conditioner replaced, or a new one installed, we can take care of that for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.  

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