IS IT TIME TO REPLACE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER?
A properly installed and well-maintained air conditioner should last around 15 years. As the air conditioner gets older you may notice drops in efficiency, an increase in repair needs and higher electric bills. When these signs start, it is a good idea to start looking into a new air conditioner.
Don't wait for a mid-summer heat wave to hit to make the decision to purchase a new unit, replace it with a new, higher-efficiency unit when you have the time to make a well-informed decision.
How old is your Air Conditioning unit?
If you have had your air conditioning unit for more than 15 years and haven't kept it well-maintained, you may need to consider being proactive and replacing your unit before summer arrives. If you are in need of significant repairs to your unit and your equipment is more than 15 years old, it will often be more economical to replace it.
Has your Air Conditioner needed more frequent repairs?
When your unit starts needing frequent repairs, it is important to ask yourself if it would be cheaper to replace the unit. You will need to weigh the cost of the repairs against the cost of a new unit. Professionals suggest using the 50% rule, if a repair will cost 50% (or more) of the cost of a new unit, then it's time to replace your air conditioner.
What is the Air Conditioner SEER rating?
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning cooling efficiency. If your air conditioner has a low SEER rating, it can be costing you extra money to operate it. You can cut back on your energy cost by replacing your old unit with a newer and far more efficient unit.
Does your Air Conditioner struggle to keep the home cool?
As your air conditioning unit gets older, the level of efficiency decreases. You may find that your unit has to work harder to keep your home cool, or may even have trouble lowering the temperature as quickly as it did before and maintain that level. If this is a common problem, it is important to explore the option of replacing your unit.