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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner Before Summer?

air-conditioning-replacementWe have just a few more weeks before the weather really starts to heat up. With that in mind, now is the time to make sure that your home is ready for air conditioning season. If your current air conditioner isn’t up to the task of keeping your home cool throughout the next few months, it’s a good idea to replace it with one you can rely on. Have a look at the following signs that you should replace your air conditioner before summer gets underway.

Unusually High Operating Costs

Air conditioners that seem to be costing significantly more than is justified by how much they’re used usually do so because of wear and tear on their systems. Years of normal use cause the parts in the air conditioner to become worn out and lose efficiency. As the efficiency of the air conditioner drops, the system operates for longer and longer periods of time in order to accomplish the same changes in the home’s temperature. It is this longer operating time that causes the bills to rise unexpectedly. There is little-to-nothing to be done about this particular issue, other than to replace the air conditioner entirely.

High Repair Cost and Frequency

Wear and tear doesn’t just have an effect on the air conditioner’s operating efficiency. Eventually, it will start to cause parts of the air conditioner to wear out and fail. The closer the system gets to the end of its life, the faster parts will begin to fail. If you need to repair your air conditioner multiple times a year, it’s a sure sign that the system is on its last legs. It’s a good idea to have a professional replace your air conditioner for you at that point. It’s certainly far more cost effective than having to repair your air conditioner over and over again until it finally breaks down beyond all repair.

Too Old

Assuming you are taking the best possible care of your air conditioner, you can expect it to last between 10-15 years. Once an air conditioner gets older than that, it will tend to accumulate a growing list of issues like those listed above. The more chronic problems the air conditioner collects, the more it’s going to cost to keep it up and running. It’s far, far cheaper to install an entirely new system once your air conditioner gets that old than to keep paying to maintain it. If your air conditioner is older than 15 years, you should definitely consult with a professional about replacing it. You might be able to get a couple more years of use out of it. But you’ll still likely be better served by installing a new system.

Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing provides a full range of air conditioner replacement services in Gaithersburg, MD. If you need a new air conditioner installed in your home, contact our team today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians. We’ll make sure that your home is ready for summer.