One of the best ways to tell if it’s time for a new air conditioner is to simply check how old your current model is. Craft work does require a dry atmosphere to preserve it for the long term.
In rainy areas, it’s a good idea to check on the dampness of the air before storing your crafts, especially paperwork and fabrics.
The older your air conditioner is, the more problems it will likely have, which means you’ll probably be requiring a new one soon. A good rule of thumb is to replace your air conditioner every three presidential elections (every 12 years). If you live in an area like Jacksonville, Florida where your A/C unit gets a lot of use, you might need to replace it sooner.
Not only is your air conditioner subject to problems if it’s older, but it simply just might not be as energy efficient as newer models. In fact, it likely doesn’t even compare in the energy efficiency department, and a new one can be a great way to save a ton of money on the cooling section of your energy bill.
What’s the repair man say?
If you’ve had some issues with your air conditioner lately that require a visit from a technician, ask for his or her honest advice as to whether you should replace the unit. If it’s a serious problem, it might be worth it just to purchase a new one rather than spend money to repair it if you’ll experience more issues down the road.
Your technician will likely give you an honest answer, and if you feel like you’d like a second opinion than you should feel free to get one. The technician likely isn’t a salesperson and won’t receive commission if you purchase a new air conditioner unit, so don’t worry about being swindled.
Do you feel like you’re spending more and more on your cooling bills every summer? This could mean your air conditioner is losing efficiency, and that might be a sign to replace it. Even if you haven’t noticed a serious decline in efficiency, replacing your old unit still might be a good option.
Replacing your air conditioner unit with an Energy Star certified appliance could save you 20% on your energy bills. That alone could be enough to switch, especially if you live in a hot area like Jacksonville, Florida. Calculate what you could save if you purchase a newer, more efficient model, and base your decision on whether or not you’ll see significant savings.
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