When the fall weather cools, your thoughts will turn away from your air conditioning system and focus on ensuring your heating system will be in good shape when you need it. But your home’s AC needs some attention, since hot weather can still arrive during the Texas fall and winter. This cooler season is also an excellent time to evaluate your air conditioning system’s performance over the summer so you can arrange to have repairs done for it. Or have it replaced if it’s getting close to the end of its service life.
Today we’re going to look at that last case. If your AC has shown signs it won’t work effectively or efficiently for much longer, you can get ahead of the problem and have it replaced during the cooler weather.
How old is the air conditioner?
If you don’t know the answer to this question, you’ll find the manufacture date on the back of the condenser cabinet of the AC. Most central air conditioners have a service life of 10 to 15 years. With regular maintenance, getting an air conditioner to 15 years isn’t unusual. Older than 15 years is the point to become wary, since age will catch up with the system no matter how well it’s maintained. Generally, we recommend replacing an AC that’s older than 15 years.
Have your summer electric bills been climbing?
Declining energy efficiency is a major sign of a dying AC. If you see your electric bills for the past few summers have continued to rise even though you have made no changes in how you use the AC and it has received regular maintenance, it may indicate the air conditioner is in its last years.
Is the air conditioner no longer keeping up with the heat?
During this previous summer, were there days when the outside heat seemed to overwhelm your house, even though you have the AC running at full capacity? Have you turned the thermostat setting down lower than normal to attempt to get the cooling level you need? Are there hot spots in rooms in the house that used to have no trouble staying comfortable when the air conditioner is running? These are all warnings the air conditioning system is losing its cooling capacity and needs to be replaced if repairs can’t fix it.
Has the air conditioner required too many repairs recently?
You shouldn’t need to repair your AC more than once a year, nor should any single repair cost more than half the price of getting a new system installed. If repairs are turning into a regular occurrence, it’s better to put the money into a fresh air conditioning system.
Call the professionals for AC replacement
If you believe it’s time for an AC replacement in Cibolo, TX, you can put your trust in our team of HVAC technicians. We’ll provide you with an expert analysis of your current air conditioning system and provide you with options, which may include repairs. If we think a new AC is the best for your cooling future, we’ll make sure you receive a great installation.
Reach out to us when you think you’re ready for a new AC. At Thayer Air Conditioning, your comfort is our #1 priority!