When To Replace Your AC Unit

An AC unit is a very expensive purchase. Therefore, it is important for homeowners to know when their air conditioning units should be replaced and how they can tell if the unit needs to be replaced or not. Replacing an air conditioner can cost several hundred dollars, so keeping your system working efficiently is essential to saving money on energy bills and enjoying cool comfort all summer long.

If you’re thinking about replacing your AC unit before its time, there are some warning signs that will help you determine whether or not your system actually needs to be replaced:

  1. 15 Years Old: If The Unit Is Over 15 Years Old It’s Time To Replace It

Depending on where you live and what type of climate you experience during certain seasons, an air conditioning unit can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

  1. Your Unit Makes Strange Noises When It Runs

Sometimes when an air conditioner runs for several hundred hours, it can start making strange noises that didn’t exist prior to excessive use.

  1. Water Is Leaking From The Unit Out Or Inside Home

If water is leaking either outside of your home or inside near the unit itself, it could be a sign that there is an issue with your AC.

Best move to do is to ask for an ac repair company for advice.

Choosing The AC For Your Home

Did you know that up to 20% of the summer air conditioning energy bill is due to under-performing or inefficient units? If your unit runs constantly, is poorly sized and isn’t keeping the house cool enough on hot days, then it’s probably time for a new air conditioner. When we lived in Florida we had an AC tech come out and give us some suggestions and tips for picking a new model. We were shocked at first with some of his advice but as we thought about it he made more and more sense.

The first thing he told us was not to buy an oversized unit. An oversized unit will run constantly, wasting energy and money even on moderate days when no cooling is needed. Instead, you want one that runs only as much as it needs to and no more.

Does Repair An Option?

Maybe you have been thinking about replacing your old air conditioner, but a repair job will do the trick for now. To repair or replace an old air conditioner can be a tough call to make. For some, it is easier because they have enough money to purchase a new unit and don’t care if it’s not the latest model. Others may only need their air conditioners fixed so that they can get by until later when they are able to save up enough money for a complete replacement.

So why fix an already existing system? There are quite a few reasons that could have you going with the repairs instead of going straight into buying a whole new unit all together. One reason may be that you cannot afford a brand new unit that works perfectly. Another reason may be that you do not have the space or means to install a new unit. It could also be the case that an old unit is in working condition, but it’s just old and you want to upgrade to a newer model with all the bells and whistles.