How Do I Know If I Should Replace My Air Conditioner?
Who doesn't love the summertime? The days get longer, the sun shines brighter and the temperatures get hotter. And when it gets a little TOO hot? Head inside to enjoy cool, refreshing comfort from your trusty old air conditioner.
So how do you know when it’s time to replace it?
Frequent Air Conditioner Repairs
Just like a car, an air conditioning system will require professional maintenance to perform at its best. It might even need to be repaired on occasion. But when those repairs become more frequent and more expensive, contact your HVAC contractor about the cost of a new system versus the cost of a major repair.
Rising Energy Bills
According to U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than half of a household’s energy usage, on average, comes from heating and air conditioning. If your utility bills are rising and you haven’t noticed a big change in the weather or your indoor temperature settings, it might be time to have your system inspected by your local HVAC dealer.
Is Your AC Unit 10 Years Old or More?
Unlike fine wine, air conditioners do not get better with age. Replacing an AC unit that is more than ten years old with a new, ENERGY STAR® model from the Carrier line of air conditioners might save you up to 20 percent on your cooling or heating costs, according to energystar.gov.
The AC System is Running, but It’s Still Hot Inside
Sometimes, an AC system needs a little more time to cool your home, especially when it’s extra hot and humid outside. Other times, there is an underlying mechanical issue that’s causing the issue – loss of refrigerant charge, outdoor coil freezing over, or a clogged filter or coil for example. If your system consistently struggles to maintain your comfort, it’s time to contact your Carrier dealer to assess the health of your system.
While there is no hard and fast rule that indicates it is time to replace your current AC system, your local Carrier dealer can help you assess the state of your current system, provide cost estimates for repairs versus replacing, and provide estimates on future energy savings use with a new, higher efficiency setup so you can make an informed decision that is right for you and your family.