There comes a time when every air conditioner needs replacement. But how can you be sure that time has come for your system? It’s a matter of considering all the factors.
Air conditioner age is an important consideration, but not the only one.
Age alone is not reason enough to replace your air conditioner. According to Energy.gov, your central air conditioner’s lifespan is about 15 to 20 years. If your AC has been reliable and isn’t giving you trouble, it may be worthwhile to hold off on replacing it.
On the other hand, while a system can be kept operating for many decades, frequent repairs mean your comfort comes at an ever-increasing cost. In addition, most warranties expire about 10 years after the date of purchase, leaving you without coverage, just as these older systems are at a higher risk of breaking down.
How efficient is your air conditioner?
Older air conditioners use more energy to produce the same level of comfort as newer ones. Check your utility bills. If your air conditioner is 10 years old, replacing it may reduce your energy costs by 20% to 40%. If your system is older, then you may see even greater savings.
Comfort is another consideration. If you have rooms that are too hot or too cold, or if your home is too dry in the winter and too humid in the summer, it could be due to improper installation, poorly designed ducts, insufficient insulation, or a combination of all three.
If you buy a new air conditioner, what will be the return on your investment?
As your air conditioner ages, it will experience breakdowns and other issues which reduce its efficiency. These problems might be repairable, but balance the cost of these repairs with the investment of replacing your system.
Return on investment is worth considering. If you plan on being in your home less than two years, you may not get your investment back on a new system. Then again, when time comes to sell, an aging air conditioner can impact your asking price or even delay a sale.
Don’t wait for your air conditioner to fail to make a decision.
When’s the best time to replace your air conditioner? Before it breaks down, of course. A rushed decision is seldom a good one, as you don’t have the time to carefully compare prices and various features when you’re worried about the comfort of your loved ones.
And breakdowns increase as systems work their hardest during the summer. If you know your AC is aging, planning ahead for a replacement this spring allows you time to make a better choice. Start comparison shopping while the weather is still mild, and then call the experts at Gilmore when you’re ready to replace your air conditioner.
System age, price, repairs, comfort, safety, warranty, time left in your home, and return on investment—these are all important factors to consider when replacing your air conditioning system.