If you’re like most Phoenix area homeowners, you dread the day that you need to replace your air conditioning unit. Yet, it’s not always simple to predict when that day will come. In some cases, it makes sense to continue to repair an aging, quality air conditioner. In other instances, installing a new air conditioner is the smarter decision. So, when is the right time for a new air conditioner replacement? Here are some telltale signs to watch for:
Your Air Conditioner Is Over a Decade Old
A good quality air conditioner typically lasts from 12 to 18 years. If your unit is malfunctioning but less than 10 years old, the best bet is probably to repair it because it likely has many good years of service left. However, if it’s over 10 years old, investment in repairs may not be worth the expense.
Utility Bills Keep Increasing
In the greater Phoenix area, we’re used to having some fairly substantial swings in our utility bills due to extremes in outside air temperature. However, if you are seeing your bill steadily climb month after month, this is a sign that there is an air conditioning problem that might indicate it’s time for a new air conditioner replacement.
Loud Noises from Your Cooling System
No HVAC system is without noise, but clanging or incessant buzzing is a sure sign of a problem. Often, it’s a problem with a coil or an undersized duct system. In these cases, the best decision may be a new unit.
Ongoing Repair Costs
How much are you willing to spend on a unit that continues to break? Most industry experts will tell you that if it costs more than $500, it may make more financial sense to just replace it. It’s necessary to calculate costs not just costs for repairs, but also time and reduced energy efficiency. Often, the writing is on the wall that a replacement is the smarter decision.
What If You Need a New Air Conditioner?
An air conditioner is an important and substantial investment in your home. Don’t take chances with an unproven installer. As a factory-authorized dealer of American Standard, Day & Night and Rheem air conditioners, Ellsworth Home Services can help you make the best decision for your home and provide expert, hassle-free installation. Call us today for a free estimate.