If you have air conditioning you will need
There are several factors you should consider when making this decision:
The older your air conditioner is the more likely it is that you should replace it. Unfortunately, older units tend to be difficult to find spare parts for. This could leave you without an air conditioner when you need it the most because it’s difficult to find the parts.
They are also generally more expensive to run than modern units. This can help to offset the cost of replacement.
10 years is a good guide, if your unit is older consider replacing it. Alternatively, you can multiply the cost of repairing your unit by its age; if this is more than $5,000 then it’s better to replace it.
The more often that you need to repair your air conditioning unit, regardless of its age, the more likely it is that you should be getting ready to replace it. A unit that needs constant repairs is likely to fail when you need it most and will probably cost more in repairs during the year than purchasing a replacement.
It is also worth considering replacing it is a major component fails, such as the compressor or condenser.
The most modern air conditioners are remarkably energy efficient. In fact, they can save you as much as $200 a year compared to a unit that is ten years old or more.
If your unit is struggling to keep your house cool or is running constantly then you should replace it. If you’re not sure, you may find it worthwhile to see if you can get add-ons which will improve efficiency; these can prolong the life of your air conditioning unit. When no add-ons are available you should take this as a sign to replace your unit.
The Professional Opinion
You should use a professional fir to service your air conditioner every year. This will actually help to prevent issues occurring. But, it will also give you someone that you can trust and who knows your air conditioning unit.
In short, you’ll be able to ask their opinion regarding your unit and trust their response. If they recommend you get rid and replace then you should seriously consider it. They should be able to give you a good deal on a new one as they’ll want to continue servicing it for you.
The professionals will also be aware of parts are getting scarce, which could influence your decision to replace it, even when it appears to be working well.