Is It Time to Install a New Air Conditioner? Three Questions You Should Ask Yourself

Replacing your house’s air conditioner is a big decision. The units are expensive, and finding the right window of time to get it installed can be a headache you’d rather just put off, especially if it’s not an emergency. However, it can be better to replace your air conditioner before it finally breaks down. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:

  1. How old is your air conditioner?Most air conditioners are designed to last approximately ten years. While diligent servicing and careful use can add a few years onto its lifespan, it won’t last much longer than that. Older air conditioners are also much less efficient than newer models and use 22 Freon as a coolant. New models are often required to meet Energy Star minimums and use R410A which presents less of a hazard.
  2. Have you had to pay for a lot of expensive repairs?If you’re facing a potential repair bill that’s more than half the cost of a replacement unit, then it’s time to change. Smaller, less expensive repairs can be just as financially draining, so look at your repair costs over the past year. Frequent repairs also mean a great deal of inconvenience, so installing a new unit can save both time and money.
  3. Do you have a hectic schedule that keeps you or your family out of the house? Getting a new model with a programmable thermostat can save you a lot in energy bills by powering down your air conditioner to a lower setting when nobody is home. You can program one according to a set schedule and then make changes remotely if no one’s going to be home.

Having a broken air conditioner is a headache no matter what time of year it is. Instead of waiting for a major breakdown in your unit or having to get a replacement during the busy season, take a minute ahead of time to decide if it’s better for your wallet and your schedule to replace your air conditioner now or continue to maintain your current one.

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