How Do I Know if I Need a New Air Conditioner?05/18/2018The weather is heating up and O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning realizes you want to make sure you keep cool all summer long. So, if your air conditioner isn’t running properly, how do you know whether to make the investment toward repairs or purchasing a new system? Here are some questions you should think about 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 choose to think about investing in a replacement air conditioner. The technology and efficiencies in HVAC systems have continued to evolve in recent years and there many added features that benefit 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 leap to a new system. However, if your system is requiring help on a more frequent basis, you are putting substantial cash into fixing a system that may not be operating 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 vary during the year, it’s a good idea to do annual comparisons to get a more definite account of how your energy usage has changed. If your system is laboring 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 signal that something isn’t right. Our experts can help you decide if it needs repair or if you should look for a new system. We can also help you assess whether you have the most appropriate system for your house and if it has the strength to effectively cool your house. You don’t have to make the decision on your own. Whether you decide to pursue repairing your system, or you want to start searching for a newer system, we are trained to help talk about 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 610-257-7035 or schedule an appointment online.