If your annual A/C maintenance has you thinking about a replacement or an upgrade, you’re not the only one. With air conditioners aging year by year and new, more efficient technology continually coming onto the market, upgrading to a new model can make a lot of sense. But when does it become really necessary to replace the air conditioner? Here are some signs to watch out for.
- If your air conditioner is ten years old or older, it’s nearing the end of its usable lifespan. Even if it’s been well-maintained, natural wear and tear has been grinding away at its efficiency, and a new model will probably serve you better.
- If you find yourself calling for frequent repairs or maintenance, or you get hit with a maintenance or repair bill that’s 50 percent or more of the total installation cost, it’s time to replace the air conditioner.
- If you’ve noticed an ongoing month-to-month and year-to-year increase in your energy bills while the AC is running, it’s a sign that the efficiency of the unit is in decline.
- If your home rates less than a five on Energy Star’s Home Energy Yardstick, you should consider upgrading to higher-efficiency appliances.
- If your AC is excessively noisy, you may need AC repairs or may want to switch to a quieter model to improve your home comfort.
- If your system fails to cool your home adequately, runs in short burst which don’t adequately address indoor humidity, or causes noticeable and uncomfortable temperature swings in your home, it may not be sized correctly. Your HVAC sizing requirements may change with upgrades to home insulation and the thermal envelope, and units that were sized properly at installation can wear down and fail to provide enough cooling as they age.
If you’re wondering whether or not to replace the air conditioner in your Grand Traverse County home, call us up at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing! We’re always happy to help our Northern Michigan neighbors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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