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Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner?

air-conditioner-techWith summer on the horizon, now is the time when most people start making preparations for the coming hot months. For most people, that just means scheduling preventive maintenance for their air conditioner to make sure it’s prepared for the added stress. If you’re not sure whether or not your air conditioner is up to the challenge, though, now might be a good time to replace it entirely. Have a look at the following list to help you decide whether or not now is a good time to install a new air conditioner before summer arrives.

High Monthly Bills

The older an air conditioner gets, the more worn out it becomes and the more its efficiency will decline. Eventually, this efficiency loss will start to noticeably impact the system’s operating time. The air conditioner will have to run for longer to keep the home cool, which will in-turn cause your monthly bills to increase. If your monthly air conditioning costs are rising for no apparent reason, this might be why. Unfortunately, once the wear and tear has reached this level there is no way to resolve it aside from replacing the entire system.

Frequent Repair Issues

It’s not unusual for an air conditioner to need repairs every once in a while. No system is perfect, after all, and even regular preventive maintenance cannot guarantee that the system will stay healthy forever. You should take note if it seems like your system is breaking down multiple times a year, though. Breaking down that often is a sign that the system is nearing the end of its life. Parts are beginning to succumb to years of wear in groups. You can keep repairing the system, but it would be a waste of money at that point. You’ll save much more money, and probably quite a bit of frustration, in the long run by installing a new system before this summer.

Old Age

Somewhat linked to the above problems, old age is often at the root of why air conditioners are often replaced. Once an air conditioner gets older than the age of 15 or so, it will begin to collect problems like those we’ve already covered. As the list of issues with the system gets longer, the air conditioner’s cost-efficiency will drop quickly. Soon, it will be costing much more to keep the system up and running than it would to replace it. If your air conditioner is older than 15, you should definitely consult with a professional technician about whether or not it’s a good idea to install a new system this season. It’s a larger up-front investment, but it will pay off in a big way in the long run.

Southwest Heating and Cooling installs and services air conditioners of all kinds in Littleton, CO. If you need a new air conditioner installed in your home before summer arrives, contact us today for an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We will find the perfect air conditioner for your home’s needs.

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