If you have an older air conditioning system, it’s a good idea to know when the equipment is nearing the end of its useful service life. A dying A/C system can rack up the bills both in monthly operation and repairs. If you know when to pull the trigger on buying a new cooling system, you’ll be better prepared for that important process.
Here are some red flags indicating your A/C system is ready for the HVAC graveyard:
Sheer age is the most obvious indication your cooling system is nearing its end. Typically, a central air conditioner or heat pump can be expected to last 12-15 years, more or less depending on the amount of maintenance it’s receiving and how much it’s used. In New Jersey, while the summers get hot and muggy, your A/C won’t get as hard a workout as if it were farther south. Once your system nears that 12- to 15-year mark, watch for signs that it’s losing efficiency or experiencing more breakdowns.
Monitor your electric bills with an aging A/C system. If they begin rising for no apparent reason, the equipment could be wearing out. Like any other mechanical system, HVAC equipment over time deteriorates, with components not working as well together as they used to. The good news if you decide to upgrade your system is that modern central air conditioners are much more energy efficient than they used to be. You’ll appreciate both the lower cooling bills and the enhanced comfort that come with a quality, modern A/C.
If your older system begins breaking down more frequently, it’s likely nearing the end. At a certain point, spending money on a failing system stops making sense. On the other hand, if your A/C is still running well, even toward the end of its expected service life, your trusted HVAC technician should be able to inspect your equipment and let you know whether it’s likely to last a few years longer.
For help deciding whether the aging A/C system in your Monmouth County home should be replaced, please contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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