If your AC is ten years or older, you’re inching closer to needing a complete AC replacement. Even with regular maintenance, your AC unit won’t last forever. You probably want to get as much life out of your air conditioner as you can. But what happens when repair bills start to rack up and it seems like your system is never working like it used to?
It may be time for a new AC unit. Well, AC installation in San Antonio, TX, has never been easier. We know that taking the leap to install a new HVAC system is a big one. It takes time and money, but it is well worth the investment. If you’re wondering what signs indicate that it’s time to replace your AC unit, keep reading to learn more.
HVAC System Age
We’ve already mentioned that once your air conditioner is ten to fifteen years old, replacement is in the near future. Some units last longer than others. The life of your unit has a lot to do with the temperature settings you used, how diligently you changed the air filter, and whether or not you kept up with maintenance.
You can’t plan exactly when your AC needs to be replaced, but the age of the unit is a good planning tool. If you need to save up for a new system, plan to be financially prepared by ten years. If your system lasts another five years or longer – awesome! But if not, you won’t be surprised when your unit goes out unexpectedly.
Keep in mind that all problems past ten years don’t mean you need a replacement. Repairs and maintenance may still be possible to keep your unit running for a few more years. And remember, you don’t have to wait for your system to stop working completely for a replacement to make sense. Sometimes the cost of repairs outweighs the cost of a complete replacement.
Your air conditioner turns on and off in regular cycles. Your thermostat reads the indoor temperature and sends a signal when your air conditioner needs to turn on to cool your home. Each cooling cycle should last around fifteen minutes – sometimes a little longer. If your air conditioner turns on and off frequently it is short cycling. This means it isn’t effectively cooling your home and something may be wrong with the system. Short cycling costs more on your energy bills and adds to the wear and tear on internal components.
Expensive Energy Bills
If your energy bills are increasing beyond your budget, an older AC may be to blame. Your AC loses efficiency over time, making it more expensive to operate. If your energy bills are higher than ever, the cost of a new system may even out some when you consider how much you can save on your energy bills. A more efficient air conditioner can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the system if you take care of it.
If you hear knocking, rattling, hissing, or shrieking then something is wrong with your unit. Sometimes unusual sounds indicate an easy repair job. Other times these sounds can mean that something serious is wrong. The longer you ignore warning sounds, the worse the damage becomes. Eventually, the cost of repairs outweighs the cost of a complete replacement.
Our professionals are ready to take care of you when you reach out. Contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.