When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?
Many homeowners with air conditioning systems have to face replacing or upgrading their air conditioner at some point. This can be a good thing for home owners, as technological advancements have made air conditioning systems very effective and energy efficient, and they add great value to your home. So when should you take a good look at possibly replacing your system? Here are some tips from HomeTech Builders to help you determine if this is the right time for an air conditioning replacement in California.
ASSESS THE OVERALL PICTURE
There are multiple factors that need to be considered when looking to either replace or upgrade your air conditioning system. The first three are:
How old is the system?
How much does it cost to repair it?
What is the life expectancy of the system?
AGE OF YOUR SYSTEM
When looking at an air conditioning replacement or upgrade, the first item to consider is the age of your current system. With the latest HVAC technological advancements, combined with new federal regulations, it is recommended that your system should be upgraded or replaced if it is 10+ years old.. While there may be a significant cost to the initial replacement, the efficiency of a new system will show itself immediately in your electrical bills.
COST OF REPAIRS
If you spend a lot of money on repairs, or are looking at expensive repairs in the not-too-distant-future, you may want to start pricing out better options with an expert at HomeTech. At some point, paying for repairs simply isn’t as economically feasible as moving ahead with a new air conditioning system. In fact, it may cost you less money to replace a system rather than continue to repair it.
LIFE EXPECTANCY OF YOUR SYSTEM
How much time does your current system realistically have left? This will depend in large part on its age; it’s safe to say that if your system is 8 years or older, you are looking at a replacement sooner rather than later.
OTHER QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
In addition to the main 3 questions above, you may also want to ask the following:
Are my energy bills going up?
Do I have hot and cold spots inside my property?
Am I experiencing humidity problems?
Is my system excessively noisy?