3 Signs It is Time for a New AC System

For some homeowners, it can seem like a house is an endless money-pit. The plumbing may need repairs, there’s a roofer who’s telling you about long-term water damage, and contractors are correcting the fence-line some DIY enthusiasts inadvertently got wrong. The last thing anyone wants to then contemplate is looking at air conditioning system replacement services because it costs a lot of money upfront.

Replacing an air conditioning system is an investment, just like buying a home (regardless of the difficulties homeownership brings with it), and it should therefore be treated as such. In many ways, replacing an aging central AC system can save money. Just like with real estate, though, you must understand what signs mean it’s time to replace your system; otherwise, you can end up spending far more money than you originally intended.

Here are the main signs your AC system probably needs to be replaced rather than repaired:

It’s Old

There’s a lot of value in maintaining old things; taking care of heirlooms, family photos, and other relics can add a lot of value to the lives of you and your children. However, your air conditioning system is not something you should be aiming to pass down to your children.

Most air conditioning systems have a useful lifespan of between 10 and 20 years, depending on how well they’re maintained and what repairs have been needed over their lifespan. If your air conditioning unit has gotten into the 10 to 15 year age bracket, then you should consider pricing upgrades now before you’re left without any system when you need it.

Your Energy Bill Has Gone Through the Roof

If you’re running your AC system and you find yourself sweating over the energy bill when it comes due, you might want to start looking for someone to install a replacement.

As your air conditioning unit wears out, it’s going to have to work increasingly hard to cool your home down. While it might be able to reach the set point on your thermostat, your system may have become so inefficient that it’s acting as a massive drain on your home’s power, driving up your utility bills as a result.

Your Indoor Air Quality Has Fallen

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to filter out particulates like dust, mold spores, and other allergens, making it easier to breathe for your family. 

However, if you’ve noticed that your home’s become dustier, or you’ve begun picking up bad smells from vents, it might be time to replace your AC system. The increased dust means that the system is no longer performing its job the way it should, and the smell could be a sign that mold has begun to grow in the system or a wire is shorting out.

To find out more about the signs you should replace your AC system, or get a quote for air conditioning installation services in Morris County, contact us today!