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Is It Time for a New Air Conditioner?

The summer season this year is already showing its true colors: it’s going to be hot really hot. This is when you’re going to be leaning on your air conditioner the most to simply keep your home livable. That is why if your air conditioner is starting to struggle we want you to plan ahead.

For starters, make sure to have a technician check on your air conditioner to see if it needs any repairs. If it needs a repair it is best to get it knocked out now before it causes a breakdown during a heatwave. On the other hand, you may discover that your air conditioner is barely functioning in which case it is best to get an AC replacement in Havertown, PA into motion.

Do You Need to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Needing to replace your air conditioner is no small task. That is why if your system needs to retire it is best to work with a professional to get the job done in a timely manner. Here are some indicators that the time has come to replace your AC so you can get the job started before being without cool air for days or weeks at a time.

  • Your air conditioner has lived out a full lifespan. The average air conditioner is going to have a lifespan that can range from 10 years minimum to 15 years maximum. If your AC is between that 10 to 15 year age range, it is best to at least start planning a replacement. If your system is closer to 15-years-old or older, then you want to get a replacement process started ASAP.
  • The system isn’t able to cool the house. Your air conditioner has one key job and that is to keep your house cool. If your system is unable to do this despite regular maintenance and prompt professional repairs it is best to get a replacement for it sooner than later. An air conditioner that cannot cool your home is nothing more than an overly expensive fan.
  • Repairs have become too frequent and expensive. Needing repairs for your air conditioner is normal. What isn’t normal is needing repairs every year or having to pay increasingly high prices for a fix. An air conditioner that requires overly frequent repairs is one that is better off being replaced. Likewise, one that requires repairs with a price tag that could pay for half or more of the cost of a new system is also better off being replaced.
  • The system uses an outdated refrigerant. Last but not least make sure to have a professional check on the type of refrigerant that your air conditioner uses refrigerants such as R22 are no longer in production. if you have a refrigerant in your system that has been phased out and is no longer in use it is best to plan for a replacement in the near future as refrigerant leaks will be exceedingly expensive if not impossible.

Even if you are not 100% sure that your air conditioner needs to be replaced, it is worthwhile to reach out to a professional. At best you will be informed that you can get by with a repair; if a repair isn’t going to cut it, your technician will help you start the replacement process.

Contact Walsh Brothers Plumbing and Mechanical Services, Inc. to schedule an appointment. Serving Delaware County, Main Line, and the Philadelphia Area.

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