Have you been thinking about getting new air conditioner? Truth be told, no one looks forward to replacing their unit – unless, of course, it died during a heat wave. But a new air conditioner can do more than just help you stay cool. It can significantly lower your summer energy bill. Not only that, when you purchase a new model that’s Energy-Star certified, you can get a credit toward your 2016 federal income tax.
In a previous blog, we told you how to clean your air conditioner. But what if it’s not running as it should even after routine maintenance and repairs. Here are 5 tell-tale signs you may need a new air conditioner:
Unlike wine, air conditioners don’t improve with age. If your unit is more than 12 years old, it’s past its prime and probably due for a replacement. Newer units are much more energy efficient, and you’ll probably notice a significant decrease in your cooling bills. Did you know that heating and cooling costs the average homeowner about $875 a year? That’s nearly half the home’s total energy bill! But a new, efficient model could cut your cooling costs by as much as 30%.
2. History of Frequent Repairs
When it comes to breakdowns and necessary repairs, think of your air conditioner like a car. Like the components in car, the parts of an air conditioning system often break down as the unit ages. Over time, the repair bills can add up. If your air conditioning unit is prone to frequent breakdowns, it may be time to replace your system.
Does your air conditioner seem to be running longer or more often than it should? If the answer is yes, your unit may be reaching the end of the road. Inefficient air conditioners can lead to big increases in your energy bills, and a new, efficient unit may pay for itself sooner than you think. Before you decide to purchase a new air conditioner, however, take a look at your entire cooling system. The inefficiency problem could also stem from ductwork or insulation issues.
4. Increase in Indoor Humidity Levels
Summer humidity just seems to go with the territory in our region. But when humidity levels start to inexplicably increase in your home, it could indicate that your air conditioning system isn’t doing what it should. Also, excessive humidity can lead to mold growth, which can damage belongings and cause allergy symptoms in some people. Experts from the Environmental Protection Agency say that indoor summer humidity levels should be less than 60%, with optimum year-round levels ranging from 35% – 55%. If your air conditioner is struggling to keep your indoor humidity where it should be, start looking into a possible replacement.
5. Increase in Dust
Your central air conditioning is designed to not only cool your house, but also to filter out the dust or harmful air particles in your home. Give your furnishings the white-glove test. If you start to notice more dust, the problem could be a failing central air unit.
Think you may need a new air conditioner? Contact Blissfield Heating and Plumbing or give us a call at (517) 486-3575. Our team of professionals can help. Contact us today!
8593 E US Hwy 223
Blissfield, MI 49228
Phone: (517) 486-3575