Repairing an old air conditioner can be expensive. And the older your AC gets, the more frequently it will need repairs. Do you want to repeatedly pay to fix it when you can offset these costs with a newer, more efficient unit? It’s often hard to choose between installing a new air conditioning system and keeping your old one going. We’ll provide some tips and advice to help you make a more informed decision.
Signs Your Old AC Should Be Replaced
An AC that’s 15 or 20 years old may still be working. Whether it’s functional doesn’t necessarily determine if the unit should be replaced. Here are some indications you may be better off with a new air conditioner:
- Higher Energy Bills: Seasonal fluctuations in energy bills are normal. But if your monthly bill is consistently rising or suddenly jumps despite no apparent changes in energy usage, you’re AC may be the reason. Newer air conditioners run more efficiently than older ones. Modern units are also designed to meet the latest energy efficiency standards.
- Frequent Repairs: With labor rates and the cost of parts going up, any AC repair can be more expensive than in the past. Frequent repairs mean more strain on your budget. And if your system still uses R-22 Freon, the government phase-out and scarcer supplies of it mean fixing a coolant leak and recharging refrigerant will be increasingly more expensive.
- A Repair Is Too Expensive: Why pay for another costly repair when the expense can be absorbed into the price of a new AC unit? Consider replacement if the quote you receive for a repair, multiplied by the unit’s age, exceeds $5,000. Or, replace the AC if fixing it costs half the price or more of a new air conditioning system.
- Uncomfortable Temperatures: If you keep setting the unit cooler and it never reaches the right temperature, it could be near the end of its lifespan. Also, the temperature may constantly fluctuate or one room may be cold while another is hot. Temperature issues are often accompanied by dust, dirt, and other air quality issues.
- Issues with Humidity Control: Air conditioners are designed to control humidity. Therefore, if your home is excessively humid or dry, consider upgrading to a newer model. High humidity can make the air feel sticky and warmer (and lead to mold) and dry air can be irritating to your skin, eyes, and throat.
- Your AC Is Old: The age of your unit alone doesn’t mean it should be replaced today. But older ACs are more expensive to fix. They are also inherently less efficient and more likely to need additional repairs. If the unit has reached the limit of its expected lifespan, consult with an HVAC contractor on your replacement options.
- It Hasn’t Been Maintained in Years: The air filter should be changed regularly and a professional should perform a tune-up every year. The outdoor unit should be cleaned of leaves, dirt, and debris. If your AC has been neglected, chances are it’ll need to be replaced sooner. Air conditioners that endure heavy use and are exposed to extreme conditions are even more susceptible.
Get a New AC Before Your Existing Unit Fails
Homeowners tend to hold on to their ACs as long as they can. The decision is easy if an AC stops working. But if the unit is old, has had a few repairs, isn’t performing up to par, or is less efficient, start planning for a replacement. You’ll have time to choose the right system and budget for an investment that can save you money over time.
Is Now the Time for a New Air Conditioning Unit?
Replacing your AC before the summer season means you can benefit from improved efficiency right away. Keep an eye open for discounts and specials. You can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by being opportunistic. Whether you plan to sell your home soon or not, a new air conditioner can increase resale value and give a potential buyer more reason to consider your property.
Call Air Stars for New Air Conditioning Installation
We provide professional AC installation out of Keizer, OR. If there are any signs your air conditioner should be replaced, we’ll help find an AC that’s right for your home. Our licensed HVAC installers will properly size the system and ensure it maximizes comfort, improves efficiency, and reduces energy costs. To schedule AC replacement or installation in your Oregon home and learn about savings and financing, call (503) 832-5779.