It has happened again. With the record high temperatures sweeping across Wilmington and the rest of the country, your air conditioner has stopped working and the air conditioning repairman is at your home.
At what point is enough, enough? And when does it make financial sense to abandon your old air conditioner?
Here are three signs you should consider a replacement rather then a repair.
Your Air Conditioner Has Reached Retirement Age
No, we do not mean 55 or even 60. Age is cruel to air conditioners, often wreaking havoc on its internal components. Retirement age for a central air conditioner is around 13 years old. After that point they may still be able to perform some cooling functions, but they will be slower, have less energy (while using more of yours) and require frequent breaks (also known as breakdowns).
Your Air Conditioner Continually Leaves You Stranded
No matter how much love, support and money you pour into your air conditioner, it always seems to quit working on the hottest days. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. So change what you are doing: upgrade to a newer, efficient air conditioner and enjoy the savings of fewer repairs and reduced energy bills.
Your Air Conditioner Is Doing Less But Using More Energy
One of the best ways to know if it is time to replace your air conditioner is to take a look at your energy bills. Compare the energy use to the same time last year. If there is a large spike, or your bills have continually climbed the last several years, it can be a sign that it is time for a new air conditioner.
As air conditioners age, their internal components wear down and they become much less energy efficient. It is your air conditioner’s way of warning you of its own impending doom.
So if your air conditioner is displaying one of these symptoms, it may be time to replace it rather than repair.
Fulford Heating & Cooling provides air conditioning services to the Wilmington and surrounding areas. We will help you find the perfect air conditioner or heat pump for your home and budget. Contact Us Today for a Free In Home Estimate