Your air conditioner is on the fritz and refuses to cool your home the way it’s supposed to. You hire a technician to conduct a repair. He quotes a price that’s a little higher than you wanted to pay. Now, you must make a decision: do you pay the repair bill or throw in the towel and replace the A/C?
To help you answer this question, learn the three factors that hint at the end of an air conditioner life span. If you determine yours has reached its end, then it’s more economical to replace the system than pay to repair it.
Age of the System
If your A/C is more than 10 years old, it’s probably nearing the end of its life, especially if an expensive repair is rearing its ugly head. If you’re not sure, you can get a general idea of your air conditioner’s age by comparing the electricity bills from June, July and August over the past several years. If there’s a noticeable increase over the years, your A/C is losing efficiency as it ages.
Also consider the number of repairs you have paid for in the past year or two. An aging air conditioner requires more repairs as it nears the end of its life span.
A poorly operating A/C, or one that was improperly sized at installation, may have difficulty removing excess humidity from your home. Before you jump the gun with a replacement A/C, ask a technician to check your duct-work. Leaky ducts could be the cause of high humidity.
High Electricity Bills
A sudden increase in electricity bills from one month to the next could clearly indicate the system has abruptly taken a turn for the worse. Instead of subjecting yourself to another month of unseemly energy bills, have the A/C looked at to determine the problem isn’t superficial. Then, take it as a sign that the air conditioner life span has come to an end.
To learn about determining air conditioner life span, please contact Roth Heating & Cooling. From Vancouver to Salem, Hillsboro to Bend, we’ve got you covered.