4 Signs It’s Time for a New Air Conditioner

Published on: April 28, 2017
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Your AC doesn’t work as well as it used to and your utility bills have been higher than normal. But is it really time to purchase a new AC? If your Atlanta, Georgia, home’s AC meets any of these criteria, you should think about a new model:

It Stops Working Consistently

How often do you have technicians at your house fixing your AC? It shouldn’t shut down or break at all, but if it does multiple times in one season, it’s gotta go. You’re going to end up paying more on cumulative repair costs than you would if you just bought a new one.

It Needs an Expensive Repair

AC repairs can be expensive if you need to buy an entirely new part and pay for the installation labor. If you’re going to be paying a significant amount on a new part, why not make that your down payment on a new AC instead? One big repair could signal that your AC is on its last leg, and investing in a new one is the smart choice.

It’s out of Date

The government now requires new ACs to have a SEER rating of 13 or higher. If your unit has a lower SEER rating, it’s an inefficient model. You’re paying more for your cooling than you would with a newer model. The sooner you update to an AC that has a higher SEER rating, the faster you’ll recoup the replacement costs.

It’s Older Than 15 Years

Even the best ACs can’t last forever, so if your AC is older than 15 years, let it retire! A new model will have a number of state-of-the-art features — such as variable-speed motors and smart thermostat connections — that your old model lacked.

When in doubt, have an HVAC technician check out your AC. Use AC Southeast® to find reputable HVAC repair companies and contractors in your area who will give you a straight answer about your system’s health. We serve five major southern states, so you’ll always find someone with the expertise you need.