Spring AC Replacement
3 Tips to Decide if You Should Replace Your AC This Spring
It still may be cold outside, but if you are a planner you may already be thinking ahead to summer. Upgrading your air conditioning before summer arrives is a great idea and is often more efficient as most HVAC contractors are more booked during summer season and the prices may be higher. The question is probably “How do I decide if I should replace my air conditioner this spring?” Well, here are 3 tips to help you decide on an spring ac replacement.
High Electricity Bills
You may have noticed that last summer your electricity bills were through the roof and as soon as you stopped using your air conditioner in the cooler months it dipped down. This is likely due to your system operating well below its rated EER. In other words, your air conditioner is very inefficient. However, there may be other reasons for it running inefficiently that are more affordable to fix than a total a spring ac replacement. The leading cause of a system running inefficiently is that it is need of routine maintenance. If your system receives yearly maintenance and is still running inefficiently it is probably worth considering replacement.
Needs a Costly Repair
If your air conditioner went out late last summer, you probably just let that thing sit and said you would get to it this year. If your system is well cared for and under 10 years old, it is probably a smaller repair that is needed. Sometimes that is not the case, especially for older units. Sometimes, unfortunately, an exceptionally large and expensive repair is needed, such as compressor replacement. These kinds of repairs are often in the thousands and at that point many customers do decide to go ahead and upgrade to a newer system. The good news is that larger parts are usually covered under warranty for up to 10 years.
Air Conditioner Age
The most common and compelling reason to replace your air conditioner this spring is that it is old. A condenser that is well taken care of and has regular maintenance has a life expectancy of 15-25 years. As a system nears the end of its lifespan it is common that it will run less efficiently and require multiple repairs, much like a vehicle. Your 30-year-old unit may seem to work like a charm, but it is probably why you are experiencing extremely high electric bills. Most importantly, it is better to plan ahead and replace the unit while it is running than to have it break down in the middle of summer and you have to rush to have it replaced.
It is always best to be proactive about replacing any part of your HVAC system. Being proactive affords you the time to plan and make important decisions like unit brand or your HVAC contractor of choice. If you have read these three categories and feel that maybe it is time for you to replace your air conditioner, give LA Construction, Heating and Air a call today at 818-341-3406 or contact us online.
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