Summers on Hilton Head Island can be unbearably hot and muggy if you’re trapped indoors without air conditioning. You would not knowingly put yourself in that position, but hundreds of homeowners do. How? By trusting that a death-bed air conditioner will get them through another sweltering summer, even when the unit is clearly ready to kick the proverbial bucket. Avoid the discomfort, hassle and expense of emergency AC replacement by shopping for a new unit while there’s still time. Here are four signs that a new AC installation should be in your future:
1. The System Hasn’t Had Maintenance
Well-maintained air conditioners can last for 20-25 years. Poorly maintained systems might last half as long. If your system has been short-changed on maintenance, consider replacement when the unit is 10-15 years old, especially if it’s showing signs of imminent collapse.
2. You Need Frequent AC Repairs
This is a red flag that the system is approaching end-of-life. A well-maintained system might hang in there for a while longer if you repair it, but fixing a poorly-maintained system is throwing good money after bad.
3. Utility Bills Are on the Rise
Air conditioners get less efficient with age, so utility bills typically increase. However, if you’re spending more on cooling costs than you would for a new installation and lower utility bills combined, replacement only makes sense.
4. There are Performance Issues
Aging air conditioners are notorious for uneven cooling, weak airflow and an inability to keep you comfortable. Why be a martyr? A new system will keep you comfortable, and your utility bills will be lower too.
To help homeowners explore AC replacement options, Farmer’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers free residential cooling assessments. We have a huge selection of Trane and Carrier products that save on utility bills and provide powerful cooling for your Hilton Head home. Call us at (843) 548-4304 to learn how to get a cash rebate of up to $1,650 on a new system.