Sometimes its difficult to let things go. We like to hold on to things as long as possible to make sure that we get every bit of use out of it. This even applies to Air Conditioning units. When it comes time for replacement, it’s often difficult to determine what time is the right time to let go of the old and make way for the new. So how do you determine whether of not it’s the right time to consider replacing your old air conditioning unit- that is before it stops working completely, that one is kind of a given. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to wrap your head around whether it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit or if you can hold on to your current ac for a few more years.
Air Conditioning Replacement. Is it the right time?
Ask yourself these questions to help gain some insight on whether of not it is time to replace your air conditioning unit. By answering these questions, you will be able to make a more informed and educated decision when it comes to investing in a new ac unit.
How old is your current a/c unit?
The age of your current A/C unit is one of the biggest determining factors when considering replacement. The average unit has a lifespan of 12-15 years. If you get 15 years of cooling power out of your air conditioning unit, consider that a successful life! If your a/c is reaching it’s elderly years and just doesn’t have the same pizzaz that it used to, it might be time to consider a replacement.
However, if it is getting up there in age but still works just fine, you might be able to get more time out of it before a replacement is needed. Before you decide to replace your a/c or hold onto it for a few more years, consider it’s age and determine how many more good years it might have left.
Has your a/c needed a lot of repair work?
Looking back at your air conditioner’s history will give you a better picture of it’s future. Does it seem like your a/c has needed to under-go repair work year after year? Has it had a lot of unforeseen problems that have popped up? If your a/c unit has had a difficult life, it’s not likely to suddenly get easier as time goes on. The amount of repair work done on an air conditioning unit will help you to get a glimpse into it’s future and see what the road ahead might look like. If that road looks like it’s full of repairs, expenses, and an a/c that keeps breaking down, an air conditioning replacement might be the way to go.
How is your a/c currently working?
Take an inventory of your air conditioning unit’s status. Here are some ways to recognize if your air conditioner is working properly.
- The temperature in your home remains at the optimum temperature without a lot of fluctuation.
- The rooms throughout your home are being evenly cooled.
- Your unit isn’t making loud or strange sounds when it turns on.
- Your energy bills are consistent and not showing elevated energy use caused from the cooling system.
Life moves quickly and without you even noticing, your air conditioner could be struggling. It’s important to take some time and do some research to find out if your a/c is working just as well as it always has, or if there are some problems that need to be addressed. If you find that your air conditioner is not in top-notch condition, have an HVAC professional come and do an inspection of your unit. They will be able to tell you if there are simple repairs that can be made to fix the problem, or if there are bigger problems to start thinking about.
How energy efficient is your air conditioning system?
As a homeowner, you likely hear about “energy efficiency” all of the time. There are many ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home, and your HVAC system is a big item on that list! Approximately 50% of a homes energy bill is attributed to it’s heating and cooling costs. If the system in your home is becoming even slightly less efficient you are sure to see this reflected in your monthly energy bill. Older units are less energy efficient that newer models. This means less repairs, lower energy bills, and a longer a/c lifespan. So while investing in a new unit might seem expensive, it will ultimately save you money in the long run.
Has your air conditioning unit been well cared for?
It might seem silly to think of having to pamper your a/c unit and give it special treatment, but if you have, your unit is likely to last much longer with fewer problems than an air conditioning unit that has been neglected. If you have had annual air conditioning tune-ups, replaced the filters frequently, kept your unit clean and well protected from the elements outside, you are likely to get many more years out of your unit than if you haven’t looked at it since it was installed. Compare it to your vehicle, what would happen if you went years without taking your car in for a tune-up or an oil change. Would you expect it to last very long? Probably not. Same goes for your air conditioning unit. Giving it a little extra TLC increases it’s life-span and improves its quality.
Replacing your Air Conditioning Unit
If you have come to the conclusion that it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit, don’t be bummed about it… it’s exciting. Replacing your older air conditioning unit with a newer model will make your home more energy efficient saving you money each month on your cooling and heating bills. It will also be much easier to cool your home without the headaches of frequent repairs. If you are ready to get started looking into your a/c replacement, we are happy to help! Give us a call at King Heating & Cooling anytime at (708) 687-6898.