Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning System?

Do you think your air conditioning system in Austin, TX is on its last legs, or it’s too old to make it cost-effective to keep it around? Finding this out in the middle of another hot Texas summer is unpleasant—but the sooner you schedule a replacement air conditioning system, the better off you’ll be. Don’t delay calling our technicians to arrange for a new central AC right away.

“But wait a minute,” you’re thinking. “How do I know for certain that it’s time to replace my air conditioning system?” We can help you figure out when to call our experts for AC services. When in doubt, arrange for a consultation, and we can help you make the choice about whether you should repair or replace your current AC.

The air conditioning system’s age

The first factor to consider is how long you’ve had your air conditioner. Check on the plate on the condenser unit to find the manufacturer’s date if you don’t know the system’s age. Most central air conditioners will last between 10 to 15 years. Regular maintenance for a system should push it up to 15 years of service. If you have a system that’s older, we recommend replacing it, since the period of decline and deterioration will soon set in.

The state of your summer energy bills

One of the indications of an air conditioning system that’s starting to fail due to the stresses of age is a rise in summer electrical bills. If you compare your utility bills for the season over the past couple of years and notice an upward trend that’s not related to price increases of electricity, then you may have a dying air conditioner. A newer system will give you better energy efficiency performance than your current system had when it was new.

The pile-up of repairs

You shouldn’t need to call for air conditioner repairs more than once a year. And even once every year is still too much. If the cumulative repair costs to keep an AC running is more than $500 a year, or any single repair would cost more than half the price of a new system, it’s better for your budget to have a new system put in.

The air conditioner can’t keep up anymore

Does your home feel hotter than usual when the AC is running? Are there certain rooms that are warmer than the rest of the house when this wasn’t a problem before? Do you keep lowering the thermostat setting in order to stay cool? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” your air conditioner is probably close to the end. If a technician thinks repairs aren’t worth it or won’t make a difference, we recommend investing in a new system.

The comfort of your family is too important to leave to a rickety, energy-eating air conditioning system. Call our qualified technicians to help with getting the best new AC. At Intelligent Air, we do it all.

Intelligent Air Services serves the Greater Austin Area. Call the Intelligent Choice Today—It Makes Cents Tomorrow!