How Do I Know if I Need a New Air Conditioner?05/18/2018The weather is heating up and Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. knows you want to make sure you keep comfortable all summer long. So, if your air conditioner isn’t running correctly, how do you know whether to make the investment toward repairs or purchasing a new system? Here are some questions you should contemplate when determining if you need a new air conditioner: How old is my system? If your system is 10 to 15 years old, you may want to consider buying a replacement air conditioner. The technology and efficiencies in HVAC systems have continued to develop in recent years and there many additional features that help your home and wallet. How often are the breakdowns occurring? If your repairs have been few and far between, it may not make sense to take the jump to a new system. However, if your system is requiring repairs on a more frequent basis, you are putting substantial money into fixing a system that may not be working properly. Have you noticed an increase in your energy usage? It’s a good idea to check your monthly energy usage. And since temperatures do differ during the year, it’s a good idea to do once a year comparisons to get a more specific picture of how your energy usage has changed. If your system is running harder to produce the same results, it will result in higher energy use. Do you notice a change in your home comfort? If your air conditioning system isn’t keeping you cool and comfortable, that’s a sign that something isn’t right. Our experts can help you determine if it needs repair or if you should consider a new system. We can also help you judge whether you have the most suitable system for your house and if it has the strength to adequately cool your house. You don’t have to make the call on your own. Whether you choose to pursue repairing your system, or you want to start searching for a newer system, we are trained to help review what you want out of your system and how you can achieve home comfort. If you have concerns about your air conditioner, give our professionals a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online.