To the average homeowner, this question seems almost impossible to answer. We try not to think about it, but we know the AC isn’t performing like it used to. Today, we’re going to help you figure out if you need to replace your unit.
Is Your Unit On the Fritz??
If you are constantly making repairs to your air conditioner every other week, you might need to replace your unit. When your AC unit is constantly breaking down, never cooling the home properly, and always operating loudly, it’s time to quit putting up with it and call the pros! Air conditioners can function well just by having preventative maintenance done regularly by a professional, so if you have to have it worked on every now and again, or, as we like to say, “Once in a Blue Moon” it’s probably fine.
“It’s Pretty Old….”
If your unit is more than ten years old, we’d recommend getting a replacement. Why? The reason is because units older than ten years run much less efficiently and could be costing you more money. A LOT of money. You’d be surprised.
If you’re just not sure, you can also try the 5,000 rule. The 5,000 rule dictates that if the age of your air conditioning unit multiplied by the cost of repair equals more than $5,000, the unit should be replaced. If it equals less than $5,000, the unit should be repaired. All in all, it’s really about how you feel and whether or not the unit is running as efficiently as possible.
Trust the Professionals
Still not sure? Remember that calling an HVAC technician to take a look is always a good idea. They have years of experience working with AC units just like yours and can take factors like unit size, efficiency, and operation into consideration when making suggestions. HVAC techs can also determine the efficiency of your cooling system in general, and help you stay energy smart!
If you decide to replace your AC unit, the expertise of a professional is absolutely crucial. Improper installation can not only reduce system efficiency, it can reduce the life of the unit. And what does that mean for you? More of your precious dollars down the vent. Literally.
Making the decision to repair or replace your air conditioning unit can be stressful and confusing, but by carefully considering an air conditioning unit’s age, it’s repair history and efficiency, as well as professional recommendations by the professionals, you can have confidence in your decision and live free and cool while you breathe easy.