When it is hot outside, the last thing you want is for your air conditioning unit to kick the bucket, leaving you without cold air in your home. However, if you wait too long to replace your air conditioning unit, this is a predicament you may find yourself facing. Knowing when to replace your AC unit can help you avoid this scenario and stay cool this summer. Here are a few of the signs that it is time to replace your AC unit.
Your Unit Is Old
Air conditioning units typically have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. There are many factors that affect just how long yours will last, including the brand of the AC unit, how frequently the unit is run, and how well-maintained the unit is. If you rarely run the unit and properly maintain it, yours may last at least 15 years. But, if you run the unit frequently and are not great about getting it maintained, yours may only last about 10 years. Be realistic with how long the unit will last and start thinking about replacing it when it reaches the end of its estimated lifespan.
Your Unit Breaks Down Often
Another sign that indicates it is time for AC replacement is a unit that breaks down frequently. Think about it like an old car. As your car ages, parts start to wear, and your car starts breaking down, becoming unreliable. The same is true with an old AC unit. As it ages, parts wear out, and you may not be able to depend on it. When you start needing repair after repair, it is time to start thinking about replacing the unit.
Your Cooling Expenses Keep Increasing
The final sign that it is time to replace your air conditioning unit is that your AC unit causes your energy bill to sky rocket. Running an air conditioning unit is not cheap, and as such, your energy bill will increase in the summer months. But, as your unit ages, it costs more and more to run, causing this increase to be more dramatic than it needs to be. If you are paying far more to cool your house this summer than you did last summer, it may be because you need to replace your old AC unit.
If you have an older air conditioning unit, an AC unit that breaks down frequently, and/or a unit that costs you more and more to operate, now is the perfect time to look into upgrading your AC unit. Contact a company like Comfort Solutions to learn what your options are when it comes to a new air conditioning unit and to have a new unit installed to ensure your home stays comfortable this summer.