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3 Signs It’s Time for an AC Upgrade


Summer is here, there’s no denying it! If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the rising temperatures. This means scheduling professional maintenance, first and foremost.

Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it so that your cooling system will work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Of course, maybe you’ve come across this blog post because deep down, you know your air conditioner is beyond repair and maintenance. You have a feeling you need to replace it, but you need some validation. We can help!

Read on to learn three big signs that it’s time for you to upgrade your air conditioner.

Your Air Conditioner Is Old!

Let’s assume that you do schedule regular, preventative air conditioning maintenance every year. And that you call for repairs as soon as you notice the signs you need them. You still can’t expect your air conditioner to last forever, unfortunately. There will eventually come a time where it’s going to stop working.

The average useful and efficient lifespan for an air conditioner is 10–15 years. Beyond this point, HVAC systems start to accumulate a lot of problems. Wear and tear speeds up, and you’ll find yourself calling for repairs more and more often, while watching your energy bills rise exponentially.

An older air conditioner is reason enough to at least start considering an upgrade, but that’s not the only sign.

Your Energy Bills Are Rising

As your air conditioner ages, it starts losing some of its efficiency as its components wear down. At first, you won’t notice any efficiency loss. Eventually, however, you’ll start to notice that your energy bills are getting higher and higher each year, definitely higher than what your neighbors are paying for similar AC use.

Your air conditioner will try to run longer to compensate for its inefficiency, which will wear the system down faster, too.

You’re Calling for Frequent Repairs

Needing a cooling system repair every now and then isn’t a big deal. Every few years or so, you might need to have something in your air conditioner repaired, even if you keep up on routine preventive maintenance.

However, if you find yourself calling for air conditioner repairs multiple times a year … it’s time to contact a professional to see about getting a new system. This level of frequency in breakdowns and repair needs is typically due to your air conditioner finally giving into years of wear and tear.

The various components within your air conditioner will start to fail in groups, causing the frequency and cost of your air conditioner repairs to rise. Continuing to repair the system once it reaches that point is going to waste a lot of money. You’ll likely need to replace it soon anyway. Better to do it now than to wait for it to break down in the middle of summer!

When you’re ready to schedule your professional air conditioning replacement in Rio Rancho, NM, look no further than Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. Contact us today!

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