If there’s one thing that a lot of us tend to take for granted inside of our homes, it would have to be our air conditioner. After all, when it’s hot outside and we walk into the room that has our thermostat, most of us simply adjust it to a comfortable temperature without giving it a second thought. That is until our air conditioner is on the fritz. Then we realize just how much we actually do rely on it.
But what do you do when it seems like your air conditioner is having more than a few minor issues? Do you keep putting money into repairing it or should you simply get it replaced? These are both good questions, and over the course of the next couple of minutes, you’re going to read five clear signs of when it’s time to get an air conditioner upgrade.
You should get a new AC if yours is over a decade old. If you were to ask a certified technician about the shelf life of most air conditioners, there’s a pretty good chance that they are going to tell you that it’s somewhere between 10-12 years. So, if yours is reaching that point, it really is best to start saving up to buy a new one rather than constantly paying to get the one that you currently have fixed.
You should get a new AC if yours uses Freon. Although there used to be a time when basically every air conditioner required Freon, there are now fewer and fewer manufacturers making units that need it. That means it’s going to be harder and harder to find technicians who can service air conditioners that do. So if you currently have a unit that needs Freon in order to run properly, you should think about getting another one soon.
You should get a new AC if yours has a low SEER rating. As more and more people are becoming conscious about the amount of energy that they use and how their choices affect the environment, things like SEER ratings are becoming much more of an issue. That said, you are definitely spending more on energy costs than you should if your unit’s SEER rating is less than 13. It’s one more sign that you should upgrade your air conditioner. For more information on SEER ratings, visit AC Doctor and put “what is a SEER rating” in the search field.
You should get a new AC if yours is always breaking down. One of the main benefits of HVAC maintenance is that you can keep your unit working efficiently and avoid it breaking down a lot. But if you have had your air conditioner go out a couple of times in a matter of weeks, that might be your cue to get another one. A good running unit does not require a lot of service work. If yours does, that’s not something that you should ignore.
You should get a new AC if yours requires expensive repairs. Even if you’ve had your unit for only five years, if a technician comes to check it out and tells you that the repairs it needs are going to be about as much as a new unit would cost, this is another reason to consider investing in an upgrade. You’ve already paid a lot for the air conditioner in the first place; you shouldn’t have to pay a ton on repairs, too. For tips on how to choose the best kind of air conditioner for your home, visit ConsumerReports.org and put “air conditioner reviews” in the search field.