How Do I Know if I Need a New Air Conditioner?05/18/2018The weather is heating up and Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. realizes you want to make sure you stay content all summer long. So, if your air conditioner isn’t running well, how do you know whether to make the investment toward repairs or purchasing a new system? Here are some questions you should consider when deciding if you need a new air conditioner: How old is my system? If your system is 10 to 15 years old, you may prefer to consider buying a replacement air conditioner. The technology and efficiencies in HVAC systems have continued to develop in recent years and there many extra features that favor your home and wallet. How often are the breakdowns occurring? If your repairs have been a rare occasion, 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 a lot of cash into fixing a system that may not be functioning properly. Have you noticed an increase in your energy usage? It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your monthly energy usage. And since temperatures do differ during the year, it’s a good idea to do yearly comparisons to get a more accurate 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 consumption. 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 think about a new system. We can also help you evaluate whether you have the most suitable system for your house and if it has the capacity 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 looking for a newer system, we are ready to help discus 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 803-796-9172 or schedule an appointment online.