Rick, what is a good rule of thumb regarding air conditioning system replacement? Should I continue to repair my old unit, or is it time for an upgrade. My unit is 12 years old.
That’s a great question. Here’s the thing: the key to getting maximum life out of an air conditioner is proper maintenance. Most air conditioning systems can last anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five years, IF they have been properly maintained. Proper maintenance includes changing the filter monthly, keeping the outside unit free from debris, routinely having your unit inspected by a professional, and keeping refrigerant at an appropriate level. If your system is requiring expensive or frequent repairs, it may be time to consider replacement before a total unit failure.
Since your system is already twelve years old, you may wish to replace your current air conditioner with a newer, more efficient model. Some of the new systems on the market are up to 60% more energy-efficient compared to those manufactured as little as ten years ago. And while the cost of purchasing a system outright or financing the purchase seems daunting to you, remember that the energy savings seen in your monthly bill will offset your financial output.
Another aspect you might wish to consider is the inconvenience caused by an unexpected breakdown. Typically, units never fail at a time when it is convenient for our customers. By taking a pro-active approach and replacing your system before it fails, you may be able to save yourself from unexpected hassle due to your unit’s sudden failure.