The full summer weather is slowly starting to arrive, and this is a good time to ask yourself some direct questions about your home’s air conditioning system. If you’ve already gone through one summer of air conditioning in Acworth, GA, you understand how important it is that your AC functions smoothly whenever you need it to. Can you count on this being the case for this summer?
We imagine that for many of you reading this, the answer is yes. The AC hasn’t given you any trouble recently, and it isn’t too old. That’s good news, but we want to emphasize that you still need to have the air conditioning system professionally maintained before the summer arrives. No matter how well your AC seems to work, it still needs maintenance—because keeping the AC working well is precisely what maintenance is about.
But if you’re reading this and you aren’t sure about your AC’s future, let’s get into why and what to do about it.
Are you concerned because of the air conditioner’s age?
The average lifespan of a central air conditioning system is 10 to 15 years. Some ACs can potentially get to 20 years, but we don’t recommend anyone try to push a system that far: the risk of a catastrophic breakdown is too high, and the AC will also become more and more of a money drain. If your air conditioning system is older than 15 years, you do have a legitimate concern that it may not get through the summer. Talk to our technicians about your AC’s condition and if it’s ready to be replaced.
Has the AC become more and more expensive to run?
If alarm bells go off in your head when you look at the rising cost to run your AC, that’s a good instinct. One strong sign of a system that’s in its final decline is when its efficiency starts to tank and creates larger cooling costs. When an air conditioner is regularly maintained, it will only lose approximately 5% of its efficiency over most of its service life. But it will start to lose that efficiency quickly in the last one to two years. In other words, those high bills mean that AC isn’t going to be around much longer.
Have you sunk more money into repairs recently?
If you’re concerned about the AC’s performance because it’s had recent performance issues requiring repairs, this is another good reason to consider replacing the unit. A cooling system shouldn’t need repairs annually, and certainly not more frequently than that. Repairs that cost more than half the price tag of a new system are also simply too high. You’ve not only got an AC that’s at a higher risk of a summer breakdown, but one that’s costing you money better invested in a replacement.
The best way to get a solid answer about the future of your air conditioning system is to work with our team. We can give you the best professional advice.
Dayco Systems has been Metro Atlanta’s choice for more than three generations. Contact us today about air conditioning maintenance, repair, or replacement.