A residential air conditioning system can work productively
for years. But at some point, it will start to wear down to where it’s no
longer worth the cost to keep it. The system will also start to be at a much
higher risk of a catastrophic breakdown that leaves a home trapped without any
cooling during one of the hottest days of the year.
Right now, during the countdown to the summer heat, is the best
time for you to decide if you need to have a brand-new AC installed. If you
decide the old air conditioner needs to retire, make an appointment with HVAC professionals
to get a new cooling system in place before the serious hot weather arrives.
Tips on How to Know You Need a New Air Conditioner
There are several ways to tell if you’ve got a central air
conditioning system overdue for a full upgrade:
- Age: The
age of an AC is the best measuring stick for when it’s ready for a replacement.
The average service life of a central air conditioner is 10–15 years. Most
systems will last around 15 if they have regular maintenance. Once a system is
more than 15 years old, it’s time to give serious consideration to putting in a
new one. An AC can work for longer, but the risk of efficiency loss and breakdown
is far higher.
cost: When cared for regularly, a central air conditioner can maintain 95%
of its energy efficiency rating through its lifespan. At the end of its lifespan,
however, efficiency often starts to plunge. If you’ve noticed your utility
bills rising over the past few summers, and repairs and maintenance are not
turning the trend around, the air conditioner may be past the point where it’s
repairs: No air conditioning system should need to have more than one repair
a year to keep it running, nor should repairs for the year be higher than $500.
It’s also better to replace an air conditioner that needs a repair more
expensive than half the cost of a replacement.
cooling: This is the performance issue that most often means the cooling
system is starting to die. If there are rooms around the house that no longer
get as cool as they once did when the AC is running, call a technician to inspect
the system—it may be ready for a change.
about the AC’s reliability: This is a less tangible sign of problems, but
sometimes it’s the best warning. If you’re worried about the AC making it
through the summer, no matter the reason, then it’s time to talk to your HVAC
professional about getting a new one.
Let Us Keep You Cool With a Pro AC Installation
It may seem like arranging for conditioning installation in Boca Raton, FL is a huge burden. We’re here to make it easier for you—we don’t want you to go into a hot Florida summer with rickety old air conditioners. We’re a Lennox Factory Authorized dealer and have technicians with NATE certification. You can trust that we’ll deliver the best possible new AC installation in time to get the most use out of it this year.
At First Response Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, we have the coolest customers in town! Call us for service in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.