There are certain purchases in life that are really going to stand out. Your first new car, for instance, or your first home. While a new air conditioning system may not be the most exciting purchase that you’ll make, it is still one that should be made with the utmost care. Remember, this is the system that is going to be keeping that house of yours cool and comfortable for all within throughout the hottest days of summer.
If you building a new home, you’ll be buying a new air conditioner to have installed on the property. What about replacing an old air conditioner that you either inherited in your home or that you installed years ago at the time of installation? When is the right time for this step to be taken? That’s what we’re going to discuss today, and you can trust our advice. We’re the Camano Island HVAC company that’s always there for our customers.
Age Isn’t a Guarantee
How old should my AC be before I replace it? It’s a variation of a question that we hear quite frequently, and homeowners are often surprised to learn that the age of their air conditioning systems really isn’t the main point of consideration when it comes to an air conditioning replacement. Now, older ACs are obviously going to be more common contenders for replacement, but it’s not the deciding factor that some homeowners seem to think it is.
Age does come into play, of course, but more as an influencer when taken under consideration as to how it relates to the following points. An older AC that is well-maintained may last longer than its forecasted lifespan, while poorly maintained newer systems may be good candidates for repair. So keep it in mind, but don’t write a good system off just due to old age.
Older air conditioners can grow less reliable the older that they get. It doesn’t have to break down entirely to warrant a replacement, remember. At some point, there will come a time when it just doesn’t make sense to continue repairing an old system.
A newer system may also prove unreliable, though. If your system is not that old, but is old enough to be out of warranty, think twice about making very expensive repairs. You don’t want to be paying half of what a new system would cost just to keep a relatively new one working, after all.
What’s Your Efficiency Like?
Over time, an air conditioner is going to lose some efficiency. Even when well-maintained, age will take a toll. If your old air conditioner is also quite inefficient, then a replacement definitely makes sense.
Of course, you may also have invested in a relatively inefficient system just to save some money upfront when you bought your last AC. Or, you may have inherited an inefficient system with your home. Whatever the case, old or new, we think that inefficiency is always worth replacing an AC over. It’s going to save you money in the long run.