The age of your air conditioner
Every electrical system has a lifespan. For your air conditioner, it’s between 10 and 15 years, depending on how often it was used and how well it has been maintained.
Your recent AC repair history
The older an air conditioner gets, the more likely it will break down. In fact, it might break down frequently. This is the most telling sign that your air conditioner has run its course. This said, we know it can be difficult to reconcile the upfront expense of buying and installing a new air conditioner. This is where we counsel our customers to take the long view. A new Energy Star air conditioner runs so efficiently that it can save you up to 20 percent on your cooling bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition to greater reliability and efficiency, you should notice a distinct difference in the quality of your home’s indoor air quality with a new air conditioner.
Your recent cooling bills
Here’s an issue that often sneaks up on homeowners, and understandably so: you get a utility bill, you pay the bill, sometimes only vaguely aware that it is several dollars higher than last month’s bill. But those dollars add up quickly, which is why we advise our customers to review their bills over the previous 12 months. These three issues – the age of an air conditioner, its recent repair history and its increased energy use – usually point to whether an air conditioner is on its final leg.
Your home’s indoor air quality
Too much humidity in the air is a sure sign that an air conditioner isn’t performing as it should. The temperatures in your home also might be inconsistent, with some rooms feeling too warm or too cold. Here is where you can count on us to isolate the proper culprit; cracks and leaks around windows or doors, leaky ductwork or insufficient insulation also could be factors.
Clearly, there is more to assessing the veracity of an air conditioner than meets the eye (and literally so). It takes a thorough inspection, questions and the benefit of time. Our customers get all three and one thing more: peace of mind that they’re making the right decision about repairing or replacing their air conditioner.