Like most appliances, air conditioners lose their ability to function efficiently over time, which often leads to higher energy bills, inconsistent temperatures, and poor indoor air quality. If your air conditioner exhibits one of the following signs, it may be time for a new unit:
- Your Air Conditioner Is Past its Life Expectancy
Some well-maintained systems last longer than others, but according to EnergyStar.gov, it’s time to replace your air conditioner if it’s more than 10 years old. Anything installed in the 1990s is considered old and obsolete.
- Your Electric Bills Are Higher Than Before
As an air conditioner ages, it becomes less energy-efficient, requiring more electricity to sustain the same output. If your summer utility bills are higher than they used to be, your air conditioner could be to blame. Replacing your air conditioner with a new one will vastly improve your cooling system’s energy efficiency and save you money each month.
- Your Air Conditioner Doesn't Work As Well As It Used To
Malfunctioning air conditioners maintain temperatures inconsistently and can increase humidity levels, making your home less comfortable to live in. If your air conditioner works harder than it used to cool your house—or fails to reach the thermostat setting at all—your unit could be on its last legs. In addition, if you notice an uncomfortable increase in humidity when you turn on your air conditioner, schedule an appointment with a service technician, as the moisture coming out of your vents could signal mold growth in the unit.
The certified HVAC technicians at Advantage Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC can replace your old air conditioner with a newer, more energy-efficient model. An Energy Star-certified air conditioner can cut your cooling costs by 30% and will keep your home more comfortable all summer long. For more information about our air conditioning services, call (503) 393-5315 or contact Advantage online.