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Will You Get a New AC After This Summer?


This isn’t a question you’ll ask yourself at the end of every summer. After all, air conditioning systems can last more than a decade in most cases. However, if you are wondering if it’s time to replace your current air conditioning system once the summer is done and the heat has subsided, you probably have some solid reasons for thinking this. 

Deciding on a new air conditioning installation in Columbus, GA is a large decision. You don’t want to make it casually. You might have an AC that only requires repairs to keep it working effectively and efficiently for several more years. Finding out if it’s the right time to retire your air conditioner will require asking yourself some questions and working with professional HVAC technicians like ours.

“How old is my air conditioner?”

This is the first question to ask yourself when thinking about replacing an AC. The average service life of central air conditioners is 10–15 years, although a unit that hasn’t received regular annual maintenance will not last as long. We recommend customers pay close attention to signs of their air conditioning system declining after 12 years. The older the AC, the more likely problems with energy efficiency, performance, and reliability will indicate it’s time to replace the system.

“Am I paying substantially more to run the AC over the past few years?”

A major warning of an air conditioner that’s deteriorating from age is when it costs more and more to run it each year. When an AC has routine maintenance, it will only lose around 5% of its efficiency over most of its life and costs won’t radically fluctuate each season. But during the last one or two years of an AC’s service life, it will start to dramatically lose efficiency and raise bills. If you’ve seen this sort of increase in your electric bills, it may be time to get a new AC.

“How often do I need to repair the AC?”

The frequency of air conditioner repairs shouldn’t be “every summer.” That’s already too often to invest in repairs to keep the cooling system running. And twice a year is definitely too high. It’s better to put that repair money into a new system. Pay attention to how much these repairs cost: we don’t recommend paying for any single repair that costs more than 50% of the price of getting a new air conditioning system.

“Is the AC not working as well as it once did?”

If your AC was accurately sized for your home when it was installed, it shouldn’t have trouble providing comfort for the entire space. When an air conditioner starts struggling to reach comfortable temperatures or is leaving hot spots around the house, it often indicates that it’s wearing down. If repairs can make a cost-effective change, then a replacement is the better option.

We’re glad to help you make the best choice for your home’s future comfort. We’ve served the Chattahoochee Valley Area since 1971 and we have an A+ BBB rating—you can count on our expertise.

You can Rely on Riley! Contact Riley Heating & Air to schedule an appointment to repair or replace your air conditioning system.

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