Summer is officially here! You’ve got your lawnmower primed to groom a nice lawn, your gardens are coming together nicely with beautiful flowers and vegetables, and you’ve just realized that your air conditioner isn’t working properly. Your outdoor space is ready to be enjoyed, but without central air conditioning, there isn’t anywhere for you to escape the high temperatures and heat that assault Toronto and the GTA throughout the summer.
Years ago central air conditioning was a luxury as many homes in Toronto, York Region and other places in the GTA didn’t have the ductwork necessary to accommodate a central air conditioner. Installing ductwork is an expensive and invasive project as well and many homeowners simply weren’t prepared to put that amount of money into their homes for a luxury.
As summers have slowly gotten hotter and many older homes have been renovated the number that has central air conditioning has skyrocketed. Few Toronto homes don’t have central air conditioning and these homeowners now have the luxury of cool, evenly distributed air throughout their homes.
Aging Central Air Conditioning Systems
Central air conditioning systems typically last for up to 20 years depending on how well they’re taken care of over the years, but at the end of the day they’re machines and like all machines, they require repairs, maintenance and eventually need replacing. Near the end of their lifespan, it can be difficult to know if a central air conditioning system should be repaired or replaced from a financial perspective.
While an older model might be reliable and the repairs small, they can add up over time and eventually become very costly. A new energy-efficient model will be reliable as well and will almost certainly save you money on your energy bills, but they come with a larger initial cost than many homeowners might be prepared for.
So, should you keep sinking money into an older model or spring for a new energy-efficient model?
Warranties & Repairs
Most central air conditioning systems come with a warranty that covers certain components and some maintenance and repairs depending on the specifics of the warranty. Once a warranty has expired and you’re paying out-of-pocket for big repairs and maintenance it’s time to start thinking about replacing your central air conditioning unit.
Basically, by comparing the replacement cost to the monthly cost of running your air conditioner you can gauge whether you should replace it now or wait another year. When inefficiency and the cost of repairs start to eclipse the cost of replacement or make a replacement seem viable then it’s probably time to pull the trigger on that shiny new efficient central air conditioning system you’ve had your eye on.
Rising Energy Bills
Over time you will notice that your energy bills will slowly increase as the efficiency of your air conditioning system decreases. At a certain point, this increase may become substantial and running your air conditioner can become more expensive than it’s worth.
This is the point where you should contact a reputable and professional central air conditioning company like Dr. Ductless to evaluate your air conditioner. They’ll be able to tell you if repairs or replacement make more sense in relation to your mounting energy bills.
For more information about central air conditioning and when you should replace your system contact Dr. Ductless today: 416.477.7251. Dr. Ductless has been serving Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 35 years with expert HVAC services.