The question of when to replace an old AC unit often comes up in the summer. According to a recent survey, many people are unaware of how long their air conditioners should last before needing replacement.
It is important to know this information because if you do not get your AC at least semi-regularly maintained, you could be costing yourself more money than you think. If you do not replace an old AC unit, it will cost more to run and parts for repairs will become harder to find. This is because air conditioners are designed to last roughly 10-12 years before needing replacement.
There are many factors that determine how well your AC unit is performing. Many are within the owner’s control while others are not. Seasons can take their toll on an AC unit, making it more difficult to cool your house the way it did the year before.
It is important to keep all parts of your air conditioner clean at all times. Cleaning your outside compressor once a year will help keep your unit running efficiently and cost less to power.
Regularly maintaining your AC is important, but so is replacing or repairing parts that are broken. Having a professional come out for repairs should not be viewed as a waste of money; it can actually save you money if you catch any problems early enough. If the repair person finds a problem, you should budget for the repair in your annual AC maintenance.
Replacing an old air conditioner when the time comes will cost around $4,000. However, this is just an upfront expense and it can save you money in the long run when you factor in yearly energy bills and repairs that would come later down the road.
Having a good HVAC unit can also add resale value to your home. In some cases, new homeowners may even be willing to pay more for a house with a newer AC unit so it is wise not to underestimate this factor.
Knowing when to replace an old Air Conditioner can save you money in the long run. Repairs can also become increasingly hard to come by if you do not replace your AC unit when it is due.