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Deciding on Whether to Replace the Air Conditioning System

Air-conditioner-recyclingThe best time to have a new air conditioning system installed is during the lulls between the extreme weather seasons. In spring and fall, you need to rely on the AC, and it’s easier to schedule the service with professionals because they have fewer emergency heating and cooling calls. So if you’re considering replacing your home’s old central air conditioner, right now is an excellent time to call our technicians to schedule it.

But wait … what if you’re unsure about whether it’s time to send the air conditioner to the scrapyard? The decision is easy if the AC has completely busted down and the cost to fix it is too high. But what about borderline cases?

We can help you make this tricky choice. We’re honest with our customers, and we can help you narrow down the options for your current AC and help you decide whether to repair it or replace it.

The Age of the Air Conditioner

The place to start when thinking about junking an air conditioner is how long it’s been in service. You may already have an idea of its age, but if you’re uncertain you can find the manufacture date on a plate on the back of the outside cabinet. The lifespan of a central AC is between 10 to 15 years. Regular maintenance helps to push it toward 15 years, while lack of maintenance may cause it to fail in 5 to 8. As a general guideline, we recommend replacing an AC once it’s been in service 16 years or more—this is the point of diminishing returns.

Super Expensive Repairs (Or Too Many)

We mentioned above a time when the cost to repair an air conditioner is too high. Any single repair that costs more than half the price to replace the unit counts as too high. Another rule of thumb that comes in useful is the “Rule of 5,000.” Multiply the age of the system by the cost of the repair. If the result is more than 5,000 then it’s not worth it. Excessive amounts of repairs are also a warning sign. By “excessive” we mean more than one repair a year.

Declining Cooling Power

The earliest indications of an AC that’s losing its cooling capacity is rooms that are warmer than they should be. Usually, these are the rooms most distant along the ventilation system. When repairs don’t make a difference, it’s time to move to a new system.

High Cooling Costs

When the air conditioner costs much more to operate than in previous years, it often means the wear on the unit had caught up to it. A new AC will probably have better energy efficiency than the current system did even when it was first installed.

We are happy to see you have the finest air conditioning in Marlton, NJ for your house. The secret to our success is simple: we return calls, arrive on time, are always honest and direct, and do the job right without shortcuts.

Call on Gibson Heating & Cooling in the Cherry Hill, NJ area. Complete satisfaction is what sets us apart.

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