Replacing an air conditioning unit is a big task. It is also very pricey. As such, most homeowners want to be sure that they truly need AC replacement services prior to replacing their AC unit. They do not want to prematurely replace a unit that may just need to be repaired. Here are some of the key signs that may be indicative that it is time to replace your older air conditioning unit.
Your AC Unit is Nearing the End of Its Lifespan
There are many factors that affect how long an air conditioning unit will last. These factors include how frequently the unit is used, how well cared for or maintained the unit is, the size of the AC unit, and the brand of the unit. As a general rule of thumb, most air conditioning units are used fairly regularly last about 12 to 17 years. If your unit is regularly used during the summer months and is nearing or at the end of this timeframe, it may be time to think about replacing your air conditioning unit.
Your Air Conditioning Unit is No Longer Efficient
Another sign that it may be time to have your air conditioning unit replaced is that your air conditioning unit is no longer efficient. This means that your AC unit is more energy to cool your home than it should. If you notice your energy bill is increasing as you use your AC unit, you will first want to replace your filters, have your ductwork cleaned, and have your AC unit tuned up. If the problem persists, it may be time to think about an AC unit replacement.
Your Air Conditioning Unit Needs Frequent Repairs
Just like a car, an AC unit is made up of multiple moving parts and pieces. And just like a car, you can continue to make repairs to your AC unit when these parts and pieces fail, but at some point in time, you are investing more in repair costs than the unit is worth. As a general rule of thumb, if you need two or more repairs to your AC unit within a year, it may be time to think about replacing your air conditioning unit. Additionally, if your unit is older and you need a costly repair, it may make more sense to replace the unit instead of investing money in an old unit.
Your AC Unit is Struggling to Cool Your Home
As your air conditioning unit ages, you may find that it struggles to cool your home. You may feel warm spots in your home, it may feel like it takes longer for your home to cool down or you may hear that your air conditioning unit is running for longer periods of time. All of these are signs that your AC unit is struggling to cool your home. This is a key indicator that your unit is struggling to keep up and may need to be replaced.
Your AC Unit is Rusted, Dented or Visibly Damaged
The final sign that you may notice when it is time to have your air conditioning unit replaced is visible exterior damage to your air conditioning unit. If your air conditioning unit is rusted, dented or dinged, it is time to replace the unit. There is no way to repair physical damage to the exterior of your unit, and as such, replacing the unit is the only option if there are large dings, dents or large amounts of rust on your AC unit.
If your air conditioning unit is at or past its expected lifespan, if the unit is no longer energy efficient, if your AC unit needs frequent repairs, if your AC unit struggles to get your home as cool as you would like or if your air conditioning unit is visibly damaged, it is time to replace your AC unit. When you need AC replacement services, turn to our team and let us help you. Call us today and let us inspect your unit and determine the best course of action for your air conditioning system.