When Should You Replace Your Air Conditioner?


When Should You Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Repair or Replace

When your air conditioner malfunctions, knowing whether you should repair it or replace it can be tricky. Do you wait it out and try to repair it, or do you throw in the towel and replace your air conditioner entirely?

Many factors should be considered before making a final decision about replacing your HVAC. Here's what you need to know:

How Old is Your HVAC?

As with most things in life, age does matter. This is especially true when it comes to your air conditioner. With proper maintenance, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is approximately 10 to 15 years. After that, even with biannual inspection, you may start running into trouble. Regular wear and tear reduces the overall efficiency, which in the end, results in more service calls to keep your AC running.

Consider the Cost

When debating between repair and replacement, you should also consider the cost. Yes, replacing your entire air conditioning system can be expensive. However, when you factor in the cost of ongoing service calls and repairs, not to mention increased energy bills, you're not really saving any money. In fact, you'll probably end up spending more in the long run.

Decreased Efficiency

Just like other household appliances, air conditioners lose efficiency and may need to be replaced. In addition to normal wear and tear, overuse also comes into play. As temperatures continue to rise, it’s not uncommon to use your HVAC more than you did before. However, keep in mind that if your unit is relatively new, using it more often shouldn’t pose a problem. Most homeowners run into trouble when their units are older and not equipped to withstand constant use. Not only do they lose efficiency, but it also dramatically increases your utility bill.

Increasing Energy Bills

Another red flag to be on the lookout for is inflated energy bills. Even if you keep your thermostat set of 70 or higher, older units or units that need replaced, cycle more often and run longer than models functioning at peak capacity. Now, we aren't saying that if you see an increase in your power bill you automatically need to replace your air conditioner. However, it is a good idea to schedule a service call with our HVAC professional who can inspect your unit and make sure it's working correctly. Knowing when to replace your air conditioning isn't always cut and dry. Sometimes, you need an experienced HVAC professional to help you along the way. With summer right around the corner, now's the perfect time to prep your AC unit. If you're still unsure what's right for you, contact us today at (847) 469-1794. We're here to help.

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