Having a reliable air conditioner to keep you cool in the summer is very comforting. A typical system will last for many years, but eventually it will become less efficient and more expensive to run and to fix when there are problems. There comes a time when annual servicing just isn’t enough to keep your air conditioner in peak condition and it is time to part ways. Have you considered replacing it? But not sure which way to go? We've put together a list of the top 4 signs that it's time to replace your old cooling system with a new one.
Age of Your Air Conditioner
Is your cooling system 15 years old? Is it older than that? Like we mentioned in an earlier blog entry, most systems have a lifespan of about 15 years. If your AC has made it past the 15-year mark, you may be better off replacing it.
Rising Energy Bills
Is it costing you more and more each year to keep your house cool? If your energy costs are rising each year and you're using your air conditioner about the same amount, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is losing its efficiency. Newer units are more designed to higher energy efficiency standards and will help you to cut down on your energy costs.
Does it seem like every summer, you're calling your favorite service company to come and make another round of repairs to your unit? Maybe even several times a year? If you've found that your calls for help are getting more frequent, you may be wasting good money on repairs to keep your AC hobbling along. Putting that money toward a new air conditioner would be a better use of your resources. This is especially true if your AC uses R22 refrigerant. Why? US legislation has restricted the production of R22 for several years until it eventually will be prohibited. This has made the repair costs of equipment that uses R22 increasingly expensive as those last few years come to their end.
Doesn't Keep the House Cool
Take a walk around your house real quick. Does it feel really warm in a certain area of the house, but really cool in another? Are there rooms that feel very warm, though there are vents present? On those really hot days, does it just keep running non-stop? If your AC isn't working well enough to keep the entire house comfortable, it is time to consider replacing it. A new cooling system that is properly installed will help to stabilize the temperature in your house.
So, how does your air conditioning system stand up to this scrutiny? If you're concerned about even one of these four signs, we encourage you to call us today to talk about replacing your unit. We'll help you to determine whether your unit is merely in need of a few repairs, or if it's really time to retire it.
We know that the decision about which way to go, to repair or replace, is a hard one. However at GAMA Air we want to provide you with as much information as we can so you can make a good decision. If you are ready to get an estimate on replacing your system, we will provide that to you for free, with no obligation. You can call us at (310) 651-6936, or use our online form to schedule a free consultation. But regardless of who you contact, be sure to choose a contractor you can trust.
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