A good air conditioner can be just what you need during the summer. However, when that system isn't working at all or as well as it can, that great system because a nightmare. Check out these four signs you may need a new air conditioner.
Your System Is Old
A central air conditioning system typically lasts between 10 and 15 years. Of course, even though a system may last 15 years, that doesn't mean it's as efficient as one that is only three years old. Older systems, thanks to normal wear and tear, just aren't as good as newer ones. If your system is still somewhat young, a repair may go a long way to fix it, but if yours is 15 years or older, a total replacement may be your best option to save money.
The System Breaks Down Often
If your system breaks down for the first time, don't run out and get a quote on a complete new system unless it's particularly old. It's not uncommon for a system to break down due to poor maintenance or wear and tear. For occasional breakdowns, call a repair technician. However, if your system breaks down often, particularly during times when you need it the most, the hottest days, you may just need to replace the system. Frequent need of repairs may mean the system is not the right one for your home or it's defective.
It's Not Doing its Job to the Fullest
Central air conditioners are not one-size-fits-all solutions to home cooling. Different systems are more powerful, and you'll need a professional to help you choose the right one for your home's size. If your current system is the wrong size, it may not be able to properly keep your home cool, forcing you to use more energy than necessary. Similarly, if your system is too big, you're also wasting precious money and energy.
Your Energy Bills Keep Increasing
All utility bills seem to increase each year, but if your energy bills are increasing at an abnormal rate, your cooling system may be to blame. Your system could be wasting energy and money for many reasons, such as it is too old to be an ENERGY STAR system, it isn't as efficient as it should be, or it's not the right fit for your home. Getting a new system ensures you'll get an ENERGY STAR system, which can save you up to 20 percent in cooling costs.
For younger systems that haven't showed problems in the past, a repair should be your first goal. However, older systems that just never seem to work right should be replaced. For more information on whether your system should be repaired or replaced, contact a company like Northwest Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.