How Do I Know if I Need a New Air Conditioner?05/18/2018The weather is heating up and Patterson & Stirling Inc understands 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 establishing if you need a new air conditioner: How old is my system? If your system is 10 to 15 years old, you may want to think about buying a replacement air conditioner. The technology and efficiencies in HVAC systems have continued to develop in recent years and there a lot of additional features that help your home and wallet. How often are the breakdowns occurring? If your repairs have been infrequent, it may not make sense to take the leap to a new system. However, if your system is requiring assistance on a more frequent basis, you are putting a lot of money 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 vary throughout the year, it’s a good idea to do once a year comparisons to get a more definite account of how your energy usage has changed. If your system is running harder to accomplish 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 look for a new system. We can also help you assess whether you have the most fitting system for your house and if it has the capacity to effectively cool your house. You don’t have to make the decision on your own. Whether you choose to pursue repairing your system, or you want to start searching for a newer system, we are trained to help review 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 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment online.