3 Signs It’s Time for a New AC

Should you repair or replace? That’s always the big question when it comes to major home systems like air conditioning (AC). Repairs are easier on the pocketbook in the short run, but too many of them can add up. Deciding on the ideal time to replace your air conditioning system can be a challenge, so here are three areas our HVAC professionals suggest you monitor for telltale signs.

1. Check the age of your air conditioner.

2. Evaluate the performance and energy efficiency.
Pay attention to how your air conditioner is performing, as well as to your energy bills. If you have taken care of your air conditioning system with regular maintenance, but begin to notice the unit is not cooling as quickly, as well, or as evenly as it used to, this may be a sign that it’s time to look for a new air conditioner. In addition, take a close look at the cost of running your air conditioner. New units are always more energy efficient than older ones, and technological developments often boost performance of the newest models. According to the US Department of Energy (DoE) high-efficiency air conditioners can reduce energy usage by 20 to 50 percent per year.

3. Gauge your home’s air quality.