Should I Replace My Air Conditioner This Spring?

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It may seem a bit crazy to talk about air conditioning in this weather, but summer is closer than you would think. You don’t want to be caught off-guard when the weather starts to heat up, and you certainly don’t want to be without a reliable air conditioner by the time we get into the summer months. If your current air conditioner is unlikely to last for another summer, it’s a good idea to replace it now. Otherwise, you run the risk of finding yourself without a functioning air conditioner at all in the middle of a heat wave. Look for the following signs that your air conditioner should be replaced with a new one.

Higher Bills

We’re not talking about your monthly bills going up when you start using your air conditioner more often. We’re talking about a steady rise in air conditioning costs for no apparent reason. If that’s happening, it could mean that your air conditioner is close to the end of its life. Air conditioning systems wear down over years of use, and eventually all of that wear and tear starts to have an effect on the system. The efficiency of the air conditioner declines, causing the system to have to work overtime just to keep your home cooled to your specifications, eventually, those extra hours of operation start to be reflected in your monthly bills. Even if that’s not the cause of the higher bills, it’s also possible that the system has a specific problem causing it to work harder than it should. You should call a professional to make sure, either way.

More Breakdowns

Even if your air conditioner is only a couple of years old, there is always a chance that it will have a part breakdown for some reason. It’s not unusual to have to repair an air conditioning system a handful of times over its life. The concerning part is when the system starts to need repairs all the time. If you need to have your air conditioner repaired multiple times a year, especially if it’s a different part breaking down each time, it means that your system has begun to fail from the inside out. Just like the problem above, this is often caused by years of wear and tear, and the only real fix is to replace the system with a new one.

Advanced Age

Even if you take perfect care of your air conditioner, eventually it will just get too old to function. The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is 10-15 years. Once it gets older than that, it becomes much more likely to develop a variety of issues that make it much more expensive to maintain. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, you should consult with a professional about whether or not it would be better to replace your system.

Bell Plumbing and Heating offers a full range of air conditioning replacement services in Aurora, CO. If you need to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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