Air conditioners are what make our Central Florida heat bearable. And while for the most part, home owners can install a unit, keep up on their annual A/C maintenance, and call in the HVAC professionals when something goes wrong, even the best air conditioning unit will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Here’s how to tell if you’re nearing the end of your air conditioner life span:
- High humidity. The humidity in our area is always tough to deal with during the summer, and even a new air conditioner won’t turn the Atlantic hurricane season into a dry spell. That’s why a lot of homes opt for whole-house dehumidifiers to keep the indoor moisture down. Your A/C does play an important role in controlling humidity, so if your house starts feeling like a sauna, there’s something wrong! Old air conditioners often can’t handle humidity as well as they used to.
- Rising energy bills. Yes, it seems like things get more expensive every year. But is that just the cost of electricity, or is that your appliances needing more and more? Take a good look at your energy bills and see if your total energy use is going up. With HVAC systems taking up about half of your energy use, they can be likely culprits for rising energy bills.
- Constant repair calls. If you find yourself calling the HVAC pros again and again, it could mean that your unit is wearing out. If your repair costs start getting to about half the cost of a new installation, it’s definitely time to retire your current unit. And if your unit is over 10 years old, switching to one of the more efficient models now on the market could be your best choice.
Your air conditioner life span should be about 10-15 years, if well-maintained, but you should always consider the benefits of switching to a new model: improved efficiency and lower, less frequent repair costs could make an upgrade the more economical decision. To learn more, call us at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning!
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