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When is the Right Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

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Buying a new air conditioning system can be a major investment, but sometimes a necessary one. The average lifespan of an air conditioning system is around ten years, more if you’ve had a licensed company perform regular maintenance on your AC. The air conditioning system should provide optimal comfort within the required energy-efficiency levels. The air conditioner should maintain desired humidity levels during the hot summer days, but still, lower the temperature to provide comfort.

Even if you had your furnace maintained and repaired by expert technicians, after a certain time it stops functioning efficiently and repairs are more costly than replacement. In this article, we list a couple of signs that might indicate your air conditioning system is ready to be replaced.

How Long Have You Had It?

On average, an AC system can last anywhere between ten to fifteen years. If your AC is soon to turn ten and starts showing signs of malfunctioning, you should probably replace it instead of investing in extensive repairs over and over. If your average monthly air conditioning costs are more than average in your neighborhood, it might not operate as efficiently.

Older models are also less eco-friendly as they use an outdated R22 refrigerant. Adapting the old system to meet the new industry standards can be difficult and expensive, and getting a replacement AC system makes more sense.

It Produces a Lot of Dust and Noise

If you notice more dust around the home and replacing the filter in the AC system does not do the trick, you might be dealing with a leaky ductwork. These leaks reduce your AC system’s efficiency and increase the costs of running it. If the system also produces a lot of noise, your AC system might not be large enough to effectively cool your home.

The Costs are Getting Ridiculously High

If the costs of running the Air Conditioner are getting too high and you’re using it as you always have, this indicates the system has lost its efficiency. Another thing you should look at is how expensive repairing the constant issues with your AC system is getting and how often you have to call an air conditioning repairmen to solve those issues.

Humidity and Cooling

The air conditioning unit should manage the desired humidity levels to ensure your comfort. When the AC system is at its optimal efficiency the temperature is even throughout your home. But if the AC system cannot keep the desired humidity and cooling levels your equipment might be faulty or there might be something wrong with the ductwork. The amount of money needed to repair those issues can be high, and sometimes replacing your air conditioner makes much more sense, especially if it’s nearing its lifespan.

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