As we approach summer in Austin, Texas this year, one factor to pay attention to is whether or not it’s time to invest in a new AC I
Age of Unit
First, when thinking about repairing or replacing your central AC, taking the age into consideration is a major component. The National Association of Home Builders advises that an air conditioning unit has a life expectancy of 10-15 years. There are other factors that can contribute to a short lifespan such as minimal maintenance. The less professional maintenance performed on your central AC over the years means a shorter lifespan overall.
What prevents most people from repairing or replacing parts of a central AC unit are the expenses, especially when the AC unit is old with an expired warranty. In many cases, if your outside AC unit happens to be around 15-20 years old, it may not even be worth the expense of repairing because replacing the AC system would be a cheaper & better investment of your money.
Another sign of needing a new AC is it’s functioning properly. During the hot Texas summers, many people realize that their homes aren’t staying cool or that their homes feel more humid than usual. Other people seem to always keep having problems after having multiple repairs done. These are all signs of needing a new effective & efficient AC unit.
Paying High Energy Bill
Not only are older AC unit’s less effective & efficient, but they can increase your energy bill over time. If you aren’t sure whether or not your energy bills have risen, look at your utility bills from previous summers & compare those prices to your current bills to see how much your bills have increased. If there’s a steady climb in energy bills then you may want to consider in investing in a new efficient & effective AC unit.
It is always best to have a professional technician solve a problem. Whether it’s a throughout check or AC I