With fall “officially” right around the corner, many homeowners throughout the country are starting to consider scheduling maintenance for their heating systems. However in our communities, we’re still relying pretty heavily on our cooling systems! Hopefully you haven’t had any trouble with yours this season. If you have though, it may be time to consider if you need a new one.
In general, a well maintained air conditioning system can last 10-15 years, potentially even longer depending on its efficiency. But no system lasts forever of course, and there are some strong signs to watch out for that your AC may be reaching the end of its lifespan. Keep reading to learn more about these signs.
A Rise in Your Monthly Bills
Running your HVAC system actually accounts for the majority of your energy usage, and typically costs more money than any other system in your home. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that your heating and cooling bills can make up half of your utility costs.
Keeping this in mind, you want to ensure that your cooling system is running as efficiently as it can. If you discover that you are paying more than your neighbors despite comparable use, then your system might not be running as effectively as it once was. This is indicative of an older system nearing the end of its life.