Summer is over, and our temps cooled down for a bit, but as we all know, it’s going to warm right back up. We definitely aren’t done using our air conditioners quite yet, and you need yours to work as you expect it to for the coming weeks. If you have an aging system, you might be worried about its ability to get you through the rest of the year.
If you’re considering replacement, now is a great time to schedule it. Though we may still have a few heat waves ahead, we are heading into a generally milder time of year. Scheduling your air conditioner replacement now means you won’t have to scramble to do it next summer, nor will you have to risk trying to use an outdated system that could fail on you at any moment.
“But, How Do I Know if I Need Replacement?”
This is a great question! Are there signs that your old system needs replacing? Is your air conditioner trying to tell you that it can’t make it through another summer or two? At the end of the day, only you can make this decision, but there are some distinct signs you can, in fact, watch out for that indicate you’re ready for an AC upgrade.
Most air conditioners, when well maintained, will last 10-15 years. If yours is older than this, then that alone is reason enough to consider replacing the unit. Also, older air conditioners are not typically still covered by a warranty, which we’ll get to next.
Every AC system comes with a warranty, which usually lasts about 8-12 years. As long as this warranty is in effect, you’re typically better off repairing any problems that crop up, instead of replacing the whole system, since that warranty covers the cost of any of the system’s original components during repairs. This means you only need to pay for labor and possibly a few additional pieces such as bolts or screws.
But if that warranty is expired, you’ll be on the hook for the costs of any repairs you need for your air conditioner. And since this typically means your system is old anyway, you may be paying for repairs that won’t even extend the life of your system all that much longer.
Let’s say your warranty has expired, and you are facing repair needs. You might want to go ahead and invest that money into a new air conditioner instead, rather than pouring it into a lost cause. Is your next repair need or set of repairs going to cost more than the system is worth? Are you making repairs more than once a year? Then it’s probably time to replace the system.
Another thing to think about is if you have an air conditioner in constant need of repairs, there’s no way it’s working as efficiently as it used to. This means that you’ll end up paying more for energy costs than you should have to. It’s a strain on your system and on your wallet.