A central air conditioning system is an expensive investment, but most systems aren’t meant to last for much more than 10-14 years. That said, we have maintained some systems that were more than 20+ years old, but these are exceptions, not the rule. When you think about the number of hours your system is running night and day, for months on end, it’s not hard to accept the mechanical wearing down of the system.
All things mechanical wear out eventually. Even with regular AC maintenance there comes a point that your system just can’t keep your home comfortable in the hottest days of summer. So, when is the right time to consider installing a new system? Here are a few questions you should consider.
How Old Is Your System?
As stated earlier, the average lifespan of the typical unit is about 10-14 years. Most manufacturers’ warranties are 5-10 years, making most repair or replacement decisions fairly easy. But, after the warranty phase, other questions need to be considered.
Are Repairs Becoming More Frequent and Expensive?
If you know the name of your service tech, there are two things going on:
- They are doing a great job at making you a client
- You’re seeing them way too often
There comes a point when you’re “throwing good money after bad.” If your system is 10+ years old, out of warranty and your repair is more than half the cost of a new AC, it is smarter to invest in a new one.
Is the Efficiency of Your Unit Costing You Money?
A well-balanced and designed system should be energy efficient and maintain optimal comfort in every room of your home. If you see your energy bills going up each month and you’ve made no changes, this is a good indication that your system isn’t as efficient as it should be. Advances in HVAC technology have improved energy efficiency tremendously, which means the purchase of a newer, more advanced system could drop your monthly energy bills substantially; enough so that it pays for itself over time!
Is Your Home Comfortable?
Are you having a hard time keeping your home cool? If so, your system may be showing its age or it’s not properly sized; regardless, you want your system to work. If it’s not going to keep your home cool, you want one that will.
Bitter Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. knows that buying a new system can be a bit overwhelming and, quite frankly, a scary proposition. With all the options and considerations that go into the decision-making process of purchasing a new unit, it’s safe to say it is a daunting task. Our friendly and professional Denham Springs technicians are experienced, highly qualified, trained and ready to assist you.
With more than 25 years of guaranteeing our clients’ satisfaction, we can help you choose the best air conditioning system for your home, your comfort needs and your budget. We will ensure your system is installed correctly and it is operating at peak performance. You can count on us!
Contact our Denham Springs heating & cooling technicians online, or by dialing (225) 500-2035, for a free consultation.