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3 Ways To Tell If It Is Time To Replace Your Home's Air Conditioning System

While repairing an air conditioning unit will often require a smaller upfront investment than replacing this unit, it is important to know when it is time to cut ties with your old unit and choose to purchase a new one. If you are experiencing any of the three issues described below, the time has come for you to consider investing in a new air conditioning unit for your home.

Your Air Conditioner Is Not Adequately Cooling Your Living Space

While it is quite normal for even industrial air conditioning units to struggle when the temperatures reach triple digits, your home's air conditioning unit should be able to easily meet your everyday cooling needs. If you find that your home's air conditioner is not able to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home despite relatively normal weather patterns, this is a good indication that your current unit is not large enough for your home and should be replaced. This particular issue is most commonly experienced by people who have increased their overall living space over the years by either adding an addition to their home or finishing areas such as a basement or attic to increase the usable space in their home. 

You Have Required Frequent Repairs To Your AC Unit

Even if you have taken good care of your air conditioning unit over the years, this unit will still reach the end of its lifespan eventually as a result of normal wear and tear. The need for more frequent repairs can be a good indication that your air conditioner is reaching the end of its life. Rather than continuing to put money into a unit that will eventually stop working, you may wish to simply replace this unit rather than make any additional repairs. In most cases, contractors will advise you to replace the unit if the necessary repairs to keep the unit working will cost 50% or more of the cost of installing a new unit.

Your Monthly Energy Bills Have Dramatically Increased

As your air conditioner ages, it will typically become less energy-efficient. This will result in a rather dramatic increase in your monthly bills. However, this increase is not likely to take place all at once. To determine just how much your energy bills have risen over time, it is best to compare your monthly bills from this cooling season to the bills you were paying during the same period last year or even the year prior. If you notice that your bills have risen significantly more than the average cost of inflation, you will want to consider replacing your air conditioner with a more energy-efficient model. 

For more information, contact a company like Vance Air & Heat.