Summer weather is on the way to Chapel Hill, NC, along with the heat and humidity that comes with it. Your air conditioner is a saving grace, but it can also be a source of stress if you’re wondering how long it will last. Here are four signs that it may be time to replace your AC system:

System is at Least 10 Years Old

The average air conditioner will last roughly 10 to 15 years when properly maintained. If your system is over 10 years old, it’s nearing the end of its service life.

If you have a system manufactured before 1994, it’s time to replace it. These older systems used a refrigerant now banned by the EPA, making it exceptionally expensive to get for repairs.

Annual Repairs are Increasing

Increasing AC repairs are a sign that your system is nearing the end of its lifespan, regardless of the manufacturing date. It’s the strain your system experiences while it runs that determines its age in practical terms.

Use the repair cost-age formula to decide if it’s time to replace your system. Multiply the repair cost by the age of your system. If the cost of the new system is less, it’s time for a replacement.

Experiencing Long Run Cycles

As your system ages, its efficiency will start to decrease. This will lead to longer run cycles, driving up the wear on your system and your utility costs.

Maintenance is Lacking

Your system needs regular AC maintenance to keep it running efficiently. Without this maintenance, your system will experience increasing strain. Over time, this additional strain will reduce the effective service life of your system.

If you think your system is nearing the end of its useful life, it’s time to explore your options. Call the experts at Ted’s HVAC to schedule an AC installation consultation today.

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