When Is the Right Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Modern air conditioners can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on the type of unit, the climate you live in, and the maintenance of your air conditioning system. If your air conditioner is well maintained and serviced at least once a year, it can keep functioning properly for a longer period. However, if your unit is more than 10 years old and has a SEER rating lower than 13, it may be more cost-effective to replace it. There are several signs that indicate your air conditioning unit needs to be replaced.

If your home has hot spots or is never cold enough, it may just need repairs, but you should also consider buying a new central air conditioner. If your air conditioner is excessively loud, there's a good chance that your duct system isn't large enough for the square footage of your house. Additionally, if your home air conditioner isn't removing moisture from the air, it may be time to replace it. When deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner, you should also take into account the cost involved.

Refilling refrigerant in older air conditioning units with one that meets current standards is expensive and difficult to obtain. Additionally, if you don't plan on selling your home anytime soon, having the peace of mind of having a new unit and an extended warranty may be reason enough to consider replacing the air conditioner. Of course, using your air conditioner can increase some energy costs compared to the lack of heating or cooling at the most pleasant times of the year. With so many factors to consider before repairing or replacing your air conditioner, thinking about them can be overwhelming.

However, understanding the average costs involved in replacing or repairing an air conditioner can help you make an informed decision.

Carlos Bardney
Carlos Bardney

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