No homeowner likes to admit it, but there comes a time when your air conditioner should be retired.
Yes, you might be able to squeak a few more years out of it if you’re okay paying for repairs again and again, but often you’ll end up paying more in the long run.
So how do you know your AC system should be retired? Here are the most common signs.
Your air conditioner is over 10 years
In the Phoenix area, air conditioners typically last about 10-12 years. So if yours is at or near the 10-year mark, you may want to at least start thinking about a new one.
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Your energy bills have skyrocketed
Obviously your energy bills are going to go up a bit in the summer. That’s the nature of living in the Phoenix area.
However, if your energy bills this year are higher than the last few years, it’s probably a sign that you need to retire your AC. You see, as air conditioners age, their parts become worn out.
While sometimes this means more breakdowns (see below) it could also mean higher energy bills (because the parts aren’t working as they were designed.)
Your air conditioner keeps breaking down
One of the most sure signs of an air conditioner that needs to be retired is one that is continually breaking down.
As we said above, parts wear out as your AC gets older, often leading to costly repairs. If you know each of our air conditioning repairmen by name – it’s probably time to consider replacing your system.
Remember to think long-term
A new air conditioner is a large financial investment for anyone. But that’s exactly what it is – an investment. If your AC is past its prime and ready for retirement, the money you spend a new air conditioner will pay you dividends in the form of much lower energy bills and fewer repairs.
And don’t worry, we can take care of your old air conditioner for you, too. We’ll find it a nice home where it can live the rest of its days with other air conditioners its own age.
Think it may be time to retire your AC? Schedule a free in-home estimate with Fountain Hills Air today.