Is It Time to Replace My Air Conditioning Unit?

Whether you’ve owned your home for years or you just moved in, you expect your air conditioning unit to keep you comfortable throughout the warm summer months, preferably without breaking the bank. What happens, though, when you notice your unit just isn’t performing as it should? Air conditioning units that already have years under their belts may require constant upkeep of their most important systems, such as the compressor or condenser fan motor. If you have an older unit, replacing it can start saving you money right away and improve overall home comfort. If you double your Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating, for example, you may notice your AC energy costs drastically drop and your home will cool more quickly, evenly and efficiently. 

Age 

The easiest way to determine if your air conditioning unit needs to be replaced is if you’re experiencing repeated issues. Breaking down and simply not working are the most obvious concerns, but you also may notice your A/C unit has to run more often, runs for longer periods of time or simply doesn’t push out as much cool air as it used to. 

Energy technology advances at seemingly exponential rates, quickly making older units obsolete. A/C units that are 10 years or older lack many of the more energy-efficient features available in newer models and may no 

longer live up to energy regulations. Higher efficiency units could save you up to 20% or more on your energy costs, allowing a new unit to pay for itself in no time. If you’re ever unsure of the age or energy efficiency of your system, it’s always prudent to call an air conditioning professional for an energy evaluation. 

Bills 

Regardless of your unit’s age, it may not meet the minimum SEER rating required for all new units by the government. If your energy bills are beyond unreasonable, it may be time to consider how you could improve energy efficiency with a new air conditioner. Have an HVAC professional evaluate your unit’s SEER rating to determine if it meets your region’s regulations. 

Some homeowners may find themselves suffering through air conditioning failure frequently or repairing major components multiple times a year. These expensive repairs can add up quickly and eventually surpass the total replacement cost of a new, high-efficiency unit. If your wallet needs a little relief from costly repairs, it may be time to consider replacing the unit entirely. 

Comfort 

In many homes, there are rooms that are colder or warmer than others, making it difficult to remain completely comfortable. Perhaps the most important thing to consider before replacing your air conditioner is if it actually makes you comfortable in your own home. If repairs simply aren’t enough to fully cool your home during the warm months and heat it during the cold ones, system replacement may be the best option. Inefficient distribution of heated and cooled air could be a sign of an aging system. 

Live in Comfort with a New A/C Unit from Ike’s Air Conditioning 

Ensuring you remain comfortable in your home is an air conditioning unit’s chief purpose. If it’s failing to do so, unit replacement through Ike’s Air Conditioning could keep you and your loved ones happy and save you money overall. To learn more about scheduling a system replacement estimate, contact us online or call (210) 405-6116. Our skilled system designers and installation specialists understand our reputation is on the line each time we speak with a customer, so we go above and beyond to suggest the proper solutions based on your home and needs, and never try to throw in add-ons or things you don’t need.