When is the right time to replace an air conditioner? Air conditioners are an expensive investment and you probably don’t want to purchase a new unit until necessary, but you don’t want to be caught in a hot summer in the greater Asheville area without one. Look for the following signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner.
Your air conditioner needs frequent repairs
When your air conditioner needs costly repairs, you are better off replacing the unit with a newer model. Schedule an appointment with one of American Air’s comfort consultants to discuss your options. Our trusted professionals can help you determine whether it’s time to replace or repair.
Your air conditioner is more than 15 years old
Air conditioners have an average lifespan of twelve to fifteen years. After about ten years, you should start keeping an eye on the frequency of repairs and the air conditioner’s efficiency.
Technology has advanced over the years and new systems are far more efficient than older models. Today’s new models not only provide greater energy efficiency, they provide much improved comfort. Many air conditioners today provide multi-stage cooling, variable speed motors, and are extremely quieter than your current systems. Your air conditioner should have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio) rating of at least 14. These models are 37% more efficient than models with a SEER of 10.
Your utility bills are on the rise
Another sign your unit isn’t working properly is when your electricity bill is higher than it should be. The harder your air conditioner works, the more it will cost you. Pay attention to your monthly statements, the previous month’s weather, and last month’s activities that effect power usage. It’s a good chance your air conditioner is the reason for the increase in your electric bill, even if you haven’t had frequent repairs.
Replacing your air conditioner is one of the best ways to save money and reduce frustration, during the summer months. Call American Air Heating and Cooling at (828)633-4460 today, and we’ll send out one of our professionals to discuss options with you.