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When Is It Time to Upgrade Your HVAC System?

air-conditionerSpring is upon us, which means that it’s time to start getting your home ready for the summer season. You don’t want to be caught without an efficient AC system when the weather starts to heat up, do you? One of the best ways to make sure that your home is ready for the summer is to upgrade your HVAC system, including your air conditioner. This isn’t necessary every year, of course, but it is something you should keep in mind as we draw closer to the warm season. So, how can you tell if it’s time to upgrade to a new air conditioner? Well, for starters you can have a look at the signs below and see if your system matches them.

High Monthly Bills

Your air conditioner is obviously going to cost you more each month that you rely on it heavily to keep cool. That’s not what we’re talking about here, though. No, what we want you to look out for is if your air conditioner starts to cost more to operate each month even if you’re not using it more often. That is typically an indication that the system is starting to buckle under years of wear and tear. As the efficiency of the air conditioner drops lower, it is forced to operate for longer to affect the same temperature changes. This drives up your monthly bills. The only way to fix this particular problem is to install an entirely new system.

Constant Repair Issues

It’s not a big deal if you need to repair your air conditioner once every few years or so. Things happen, and air conditioning systems are not perfect by any means. If your system starts to break down once a year, or even more frequently, that’s when you need to start worrying. Repair issues that happen that frequently are usually an indication that the air conditioner is getting close to the end of its life. The parts inside it are beginning to fail due to wear and age, and it’s only going to get worse as the system gets older. You can keep replacing the system one part at a time, and spend more money than you need to in the process, or you can just install a new system and save a lot of money in the long run.

Old Age

The average air conditioner can be expected to last 10-15 years before developing serious issues. That will depend a little, of course, on individual circumstances. However, if your air conditioner is older than 15 years, you should seriously consult with a professional about whether or not it’s time to install a new one. Older air conditioners are less efficient, more prone to breaking down, and generally more costly to repair since parts of the system may no longer be in wide circulation. Better to replace it with a new, healthy system now than to wait for it to break down permanently.


Elm Heating & Cooling offers HVAC services in Skokie, IL. If you need to upgrade your HVAC system, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.

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