Signs That It's Time For A New Air Conditioner

Signs That It’s Time For A New Air Conditioner

Jul 19, 2012

Your air conditioner can’t last forever, and if it’s been showing certain signs lately, now could be the time for a new one. After all, repairs can extend the life of your older equipment, but there are many incentives available with a replacement that may be impossible to achieve with a repair.

Here’s some handy tips that can help you determine that it’s time for a new air conditioner:

  • Getting older: Units that are a decade old are far less efficient than brand new air conditioners. If your unit was made before 2002, it probably has a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 7 or 8. A unit’s SEER measures it’s cooling output compared to the energy that it consumes over a typical cooling period, and the higher the number, the more efficient it is. Today’s units can easily exceed SEER 15 or 16, and can deliver profound energy savings compared to older units.
  • Rising cooling bills: The rising cost of cooling your home could be due in part to increasing electricity costs. The best way to tackle rising energy costs is to consume less electricity. A typical homeowner can save between 20 and 40 percent on the cooling costs by upgrading even a decade-old air conditioner to a newer, more energy efficient model.
  • Increasing repairs: Take a look at the last two years of repair bills. How much have you already spent to keep this dying machine alive that you could have been putting toward a new, high-efficiency air conditioner? The next time that you’re confronted with making a repair or replacement, seriously consider making the replacement instead of throwing your money away on repairing an aging unit.
  • Strange noises and smells: A deteriorating system could be warning you of its imminent demise by making strange noises and leaving your home with a musty or stale smell. Take these as signs that it’s time to get a new air conditioner, or you could be left without relief on a hot afternoon in Orlando.

There are many benefits that await you if you replace your air conditioner sooner rather than later. Improved energy efficiency, lower cooling bills, enhanced comfort and greater reliability are just some of the benefits. Learn more about replacing your air conditioner by contacting Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning in Orlando today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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