Is your air conditioner getting older? Does it seem to run roughly or break down often? If you have your fingers crossed hoping you’ll make it through the summer, it may be time to take the plunge and buy a new unit. Here are several instances where it would be smart to buy a new air conditioner instead of putting it off another year or two.
1. Your home cools unevenly.
Does it seem like some parts of your home are the perfect temperature, while other places are either freezing cold or too warm and humid? The problem could be your air conditioner. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to replace your unit, but you should investigate to pinpoint the problem. First off, determine how old your air conditioner is. If it’s reaching the end of its average lifespan, which is around 10–15 years, it may be losing efficiency.
If your AC isn’t near that age, check and make sure it’s sized appropriately for your home. If it’s too small, it will have towork harder than normal to keep your home at the right temperature, which will cause it to wear out faster than average. On the other hand, if it’s too powerful, it will cool the air very quickly but may not keep running long enough to effectively dehumidify. An overly powerful unit will cycle on and off more often than it should, which could use more electricity and make your energy bills higher as well, leading us to our next point.
2. Your energy bills are higher than they should be.
If your energy bills have greatly increased in the last year or two, even though you’ve kept up on regular maintenance, your cooling system may be losing efficiency. Have an HVAC technician inspect your air conditioner to see if replacing it is the best solution or if there's something else that can be done.
3. Your air conditioner is getting old.
As we mentioned above, if your unit is more than 10 years old, it will need to be replaced soon. While buying a new AC unit may initially seem like a pricey purchase, it could save you a lot of money in the long run. A new unit will cool your home more effectively than an outdated, inefficient unit. Because of this, your monthly bills could greatly decrease, and your home will be more comfortable.
According to Energy.gov, you could reduce air conditioning energy usage 20–50% by upgrading to a high efficiency unit and taking other actions to lower cooling costs at home. Be sure to look for the Energy Star label when searching for a new unit; Energy Star-qualified systems can be up to 15% more efficient than standard models, on average.
4. You experience frequent problems.
Do you call your heating and cooling tech to fix your air conditioner often? You shouldn’t have to. Your air conditioner should be tuned up once every year and then run smoothly throughout the cooling season. If you have to call for frequent repairs, it may be more cost effective for you to buy a new, worry-free unit. Take the money you would be spending on repairs and put it towards your new system!
If you need your air conditioner repaired, or if you’re interested in buying a new energy efficient unit to keep your home more comfortable and make your summer more relaxing, call Cyclone Contracting! We repair and install HVAC systems for Ames area residents. For some free tips to help you save money this spring and summer on cooling costs, click the image below to download our free infographic!