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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner before Summer?

Posted on: March 28, 2016

Summers can get pretty intense in Durham, NC. When that hot weather hits, you want a fully functioning air conditioner. So, if you noticed any troubling symptoms with your cooling system last year, you might be wondering if it’s time to replace it this year. Given the hot weather that’s only a short time away, you may find it best not to wait. Keep reading for signs that you should replace your air conditioner as soon as possible.

Your System Is 10-15 Years Old

If your AC is breaking down more than it used to, and is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace it. Even a well-maintained air conditioner typically has a lifespan of 10 years. Additionally, today’s models are much more efficient as systems made a decade ago, meaning you can save a lot of money on your energy bills by replacing your air conditioner.

You Need Frequent Repairs

It’s only natural that your air conditioner needs a repair every now and then. But if you have it routinely maintained and still find that it’s breaking down more than two or three times a season, it’s probably a good idea to consider air conditioner replacement.

Your System’s SEER Ratio Is Low

Your air conditioner’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) ratio is what tells you how efficient your cooling system is. If it’s over 10 years old, it’s likely in the 7-12 range. The higher the SEER rating, the less your air conditioner costs to run and the easier it will be for it to perform its job. Ideally, you want a system with a SEER rating of 13 or higher. Replacing an inefficient system with a high efficiency air conditioner could pay you back in just a few years.

For air conditioning services in Durham, NC, contact Bud Matthews Services today.

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