Today’s better-made and well-maintained AC systems have an estimated lifespan of 15-20 years. Can yours last longer than that? Absolutely. Still, live in your current home long enough, and sooner or later you’re going to have to replace it.
If that time were now, how would you know? Well, even if your AC system were to shut down, that still doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. That can only be determined following a careful inspection.
On the other hand, the following are a few warning signs worth paying attention to…the kind that should send up a red flag.
- Age of system. If your AC system is 12+ years old, it’s already on the decline. Is it worth hanging onto or would it make more sense to replace it now and start saving big-time on your electricity bill? Tricky proposition.
- Costly repairs. Would you pay $200 to have your system repaired if you had reason to believe it would run “just fine” after that? Sure you would. But how about $500, $1,000, or even $1,500? In other words, what’s the point when you say “Enough is enough,” and finally decide your money is better spent on a replacement AC system?
- Noisy operation. AC systems were not designed to clank, ping, and bang loudly enough to keep you up at night. There are numerous causes for AC noises, including general wear and tear. All such noises should be properly investigated.
- Hot and cold spots throughout your home. A well-designed AC system should provide consistent room-to-room temperatures. When it doesn’t, once again the cause could be any number of things including poor air distribution, a problem with a thermostat, an air duct leak, and more.
The point is, you don’t have to live with an older, failing system if you don’t want to. Nor is the solution automatically a new AC system. Today, Air Professional Associates is ready to determine exactly what’s wrong and give you our best recommendation for moving forward. After all, that’s part of what we’re known for.