Cooling system problems can cause discomfort and headaches. While AC repair may fix the problem and restore your system and comfort, sometimes, repairs won’t be enough. In these situations, air conditioner replacement may be the most cost-effective option.
To help you understand when you may need AC replacement, instead of repairs, here’s a look at some of the common signs that cooling systems are about to fail for good.
5 Red Flags That It’s Time for AC Replacement
If you notice these tell-tale signs of major air conditioner problems, you may need to replace your cooling system—and it’s a good idea to contact an HVAC expert for help.
Drastic Increases in Energy Costs
Many air conditioner problems won’t necessarily bring your system to a full stop. Instead, they’ll prevent your unit from operating efficiently. That will mean your unit will hobble along, working harder and longer while using up more power to get its job done.
So, if you start noticing that your energy bills are increasing steadily month after month, there’s a good chance that:
- Vital parts are wearing down.
- Your AC simply can’t meet your comfort needs.
In either case, AC replacement can be a money-saving option, both when it comes to energy bills and avoiding major repair costs to replace the system’s key components.
Have you called for AC repair over and over again, with each visit bringing expensive repair bills? If you’ve had major AC repairs more than two to three times within the past year, take it as a sign that your system is on its way out.
How old is your cooling system? If it’s approaching or past 10 years old, it’s reaching the end of its lifecycle. In fact, the average ACs only last about 10 years, after which point major components start breaking down—and repair costs can skyrocket.
So, if your system is around or past a decade old, consider replacing now, before it breaks down on you. Early replacement can give you the time to select the best system for your needs and home. It can also help you avoid compromising your comfort.
Short-cycling occurs when your air conditioner kicks on suddenly right after it’s shut off. When that happens, it usually means that:
- Your AC has electrical problems.
- It has not sufficiently cooled your home.
- It cannot meet your cooling needs, either because it’s falling into disrepair or it has not been properly sized to your home or business.
High Humidity Levels
Smyrna summers aren’t just hot. We deal with weather that is so humid that it’s soupy, and your cooling system needs to be able to cope. If your home is often too humid, your cooling system is probably too old or too ineffective to meet your comfort needs. In these cases, we would likely recommend replacement.
Contact a Professional to Discuss AC Replacement
When it comes to AC repair or air conditioner replacement, it is always best to discuss your situation with a certified and licensed local HVAC contractor at Parker’s Heating & Cooling.
We have the experience to help you to determine your best options when your AC isn’t working correctly and fails to meet your cooling needs. We can explain whether AC repair or replacement is your best option—and we can provide first-class service for all of your air conditioner needs!