Air conditioner units last between 10 and 15 years. But that doesn’t always answer your question as to when you should replace it. Some air conditioners need to be replaced early, while others will still be going strong after 15 years. If you are trying to decide whether or not to replace an air conditioner unit, it is wise to talk with the professionals who can give you advice that is specific to your situation. However, there are some things you can think about before you reach out to the pros. Here’s how to know when to replace your air conditioner unit.
Age and Efficiency
Once your air conditioner hits about ten years old, it is typically better to replace it than to repair it. At this point, you can get a significant upgrade in performance and efficiency if you buy a newer model. Air conditioner manufacturers are always seeking to make models that use less energy and create more cool air and the advances have been great over the last decade or so.
The air conditioner’s efficiency is another thing to keep an eye on. If your air conditioner starts using up a lot more electricity than normal, then it may be time to get it replaced. Assuming nothing is wrong with it that can be repaired, then simply getting a new unit will help you save on utilities. It’s likely the air conditioner is on its way out once it starts underperforming like this.
Has your air conditioner been costing you significant amounts in repairs? Sometimes it is not worth making major repairs to your air conditioner. For example, if your air conditioner’s air compressor needs to be replaced, you may as well replace the whole unit, because this is usually the most expensive part of it. For the cost, it’s better to just purchase a newer and more efficient air conditioner.
Stay cool this summer with a functioning air conditioner. To learn more about air conditioners and when to replace them, contact our team at Anchor Home Comfort today.
Hot Spots in the House
What good is an air conditioner if it doesn’t cool your whole home? Sometimes HVAC technicians can make adjustments to your air conditioner or to your home to resolve hot spots and distribute cool air more consistently. However, sometimes your air conditioner is too small or too inefficient to get the job done and needs to be replaced.
If your air conditioner has developed noise problems, and they can’t be fixed, it may be time to replace it. You’ll have to balance the costs of a new unit against how much the sound irritates you. And, also consider that an air conditioner with noise issues may be reaching the end of its lifespan. The professionals can tell you more.
Not sure what to do with your air conditioner? Get in touch with the team at Anchor Home Comfort today and we will help you make sense of the situation and explore your options.