The heat and humidity of the summer put a major strain on air conditioners around Lake Charles, LA. It’s always during the hottest weather when these systems break down but are hardest to find. Learn how to tell if it’s time to replace your air conditioner before it completely fails.
Age of Your Air Conditioner
The average air conditioner has a service life of 10 to 15 years when properly maintained. If your system is nearing or over that age, it may be time to invest in a new one. Any system installed before 2010 likely has the older R22 refrigerant and is due for a replacement.
Climbing Energy Costs
As your system ages, it’ll inevitably become less efficient due to suboptimal components. These components lead to reduced efficiency for the system and climbing utility bills. When combined with an older system or other variables, this may indicate that it’s time for a replacement.
Every part of your air conditioner will eventually wear out, some parts being more expensive to repair. As the system continues to age, the AC repairs will become more frequent and more expensive.
The formula to determine whether the cost justifies a replacement is quite simple. Multiply the cost by the age of your system. If that’s greater than the cost of the new system, it’s best to opt for the replacement.
Less Comfort in Your Home
Humidity is part of what makes summers around Lake Charles so uncomfortable, and your system helps reduce that. If you notice your air is staying more humid, then it signals a problem with your system working inefficiently. Combined with other aspects, this may mean it’s time for a new system.
Don’t wait for your system to have a catastrophic failure before you find a suitable replacement. Call the air conditioning experts at Burnworth’s A/C to schedule your new AC system consultation today.
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