When you live in Evans, Georgia, you want to feel confident that your air conditioner will keep your family cool throughout the summer. With such long, hot summers, you don’t want to take any chances. Fortunately, if you know what to look for, you can easily tell if it’s time to replace your cooling system. From high utility bills to poor air quality, watch for these five signs that you need a new air conditioner.

Your System Is More Than 10 Years Old

Your current air conditioner’s age is one of the clearest signs that you should start shopping for a new cooling system. At Doc Savage Heating and Air Conditioning, we generally recommend that you start to think about a replacement when your current system is 10 years old. Most systems are designed to last for 10 to 15 years, then they start to lose efficiency, require constant troubleshooting, and experience more frequent breakdowns.

If you don’t have the original paperwork from your cooling system and you aren’t sure how old it is, try looking for the nameplate on the side or back of the indoor unit. This will include either a date of manufacture or a serial number. Give our team a call, and we’ll help you decipher the serial number to determine the age of your system.

Your Utility Bills Keep Increasing

Evans homeowners already know to expect the highest utility bills in the middle of the summer, when air conditioning use peaks. If your bills are much higher than normal or if you notice unseasonably high utility bills, this could signal that your air conditioner isn’t running as efficiently as it used to.

One of the best perks of investing in a new cooling system is that you can choose one with cutting-edge technology that optimizes efficiency. Our team recommends looking for a system with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of at least 15. Some of our air conditioners have efficiency ratings as high as 22 SEER, so you can look forward to lower utility bills and a more sustainable lifestyle.

Parts of Your Home Are Never Comfortable

Your air conditioner should cool your entire home, making each room comfortable in hot weather. If you’ve noticed that parts of your home or just certain rooms never feel cool enough during the summer, your air conditioner may be losing its ability to cool your home effectively.

For a substantial comfort upgrade, our team recommends the Trane XV20i TruComfort Variable Speed air conditioner. This innovative system has variable-speed technology, which allows it to adjust its speed by a fraction of a percent. This cooling system maintains an exact temperature throughout your home, keeping your family perfectly comfortable all summer.

Your Home’s Air Quality Needs a Boost

In addition to ensuring a comfortable temperature, your HVAC system manages your home’s indoor air quality. Issues like high humidity or stale air can signal that it’s time for a new air conditioner. If your home constantly feels muggy or if your home has developed a mold problem, start looking for a replacement system.

Air conditioners are designed to moderate your home’s humidity level during normal operation. To make your home even more comfortable, our team may recommend investing in an air quality add-on like a whole-house dehumidifier. These components help your HVAC system operate efficiently while keeping indoor air quality as high as possible.

You’re Expanding Your Home

If you’re planning to expand your home by finishing the attic or garage or by adding a new room, there’s a good chance your current air conditioner doesn’t have the power you need to cool your whole home efficiently. To ensure that a new system cools your home properly, our team of HVAC professionals can perform a new load calculation for your home. This determines the ideal size for your new air conditioner and ensures that your replacement system can keep each room of your home perfectly cool.

Need advice on a cooling system or need to schedule air conditioning installation? Our team is here to help. Call Doc Savage Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. today: 706-426-9262.

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