Sometimes, being a homeowner isn’t as fun as it sounds. Once you are over the excitement you felt on move in day, unpacked all of your belongings, arranged your photographs, and celebrated the first special event or holiday—real life starts to set it. In fact, nothing breaks that “I’m on top of the world!” feeling faster than finding out you need to drop a couple thousand dollars on a new refrigerator, oven, plumbing system, heating or air conditioning unit!
Instead of opting for a new refrigerator or air conditioner, etc., most homeowners take the easy route and have them repaired. We know homeowners are trying to save money any way they can, but instead of making repairs we highly suggest that you buy or install new home appliances—especially if the current appliances are over ten years old. One particular home amenity we suggest you upgrade is your air conditioning unit simply because the repairs can exceed the cost of a new unit. But how can you tell if it’s time? Rather than reaching out to the previous homeowner or your realtor, check for these 3 signs it’s time for a new air conditioner.
1. You don’t know how old the AC unit is, or it looks out of date.
No matter what appliance it is, it has a lifespan. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever—especially your air conditioning unit. While summer lasts three months a year, you have to think about how many days—before or after the season—your AC unit is still going strong. These days, most units have evolved to the point that they can last for 10 to 15 years with the proper upkeep, but as the days go by the industry is constantly evolving to provide AC units that are even more efficient than the one you have. If you are unsure about your unit’s age, you can have a technician from Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling come out and evaluate its efficiency.
2. It’s breaking down so much one repair exceeds a quarter of the amount you would pay for a new unit!
One stark sign that will indicate it’s time for a new air conditioner is that it keeps breaking down a lot—as in more than twice while it is in use. Also, if you find yourself writing a check for more than $1,000, it’s time to consider having a new unit installed. Therefore, rather than worrying about the next time you will need to make repairs, limit your frustration by writing a check to the heating company to install your brand new air conditioner!
3. It’s too hot even though the air conditioner seems fine.
All air conditioning units allow you to set the temperate. If you feel like your home is ten degrees warmer than what it should be—chances are your air conditioning unit is not as efficient as it once was. Last but not least, too much humidity may mean that your air conditioner is having trouble circulating the air throughout your home and is thus performing inefficiently.
Just like investing in a home is a big ordeal, so can be investing in a new air conditioning or heating unit. If you think it’s time for a new air conditioning unit, please call us at Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling. One of our technicians will come out and assess you current unit as well as give you an estimate as to how much a new one will cost. To hear more about our services in general, please feel free to browse through the rest of our website.