Your air conditioning system has served you well for a number of years, but recently it’s been giving you some trouble. Maybe your unit has lost a little bit of cooling capability or maybe it’s been making some strange noises lately. Perhaps your AC system has even quit working entirely, in which case calling a technician is urgent. But how do you know whether your unit needs repairs or replacement?
If you seem to bring your air conditioner in for repairs too frequently, it may be about time for replacement. Of course, a few small repairs here and there shouldn’t sound any alarms. You should expect to repair or tune up your system every now and then, and a blown capacitor, dirty coil, or blown fuse once in a while shouldn’t worry you very much. However, very frequent repairs or parts replacements may mean that your AC system is approaching the end of its life. It’s much cheaper to replace your entire air conditioner now than it is to replace each part piece-by-piece.
The age of your heating system should also tell you that it’s time to replace. Traditional air conditioners have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years and heat pumps have a lifespan up to 20 years, though the average is lower. Keep in mind that the lifespan will be even lower if you haven’t scheduled regular maintenance with a professional. However, even maintenance doesn’t guarantee longevity. Sometimes, an air conditioner fails too soon because it is installed improperly or because of other unforeseen circumstances. But if it is approaching the end of its expected lifespan, then you should try to replace it soon, before it fails suddenly.
Another way to tell it’s time to upgrade your heating system is if you decide you want to upgrade your air conditioning system to a heat pump. A heat pump is an air conditioning and heating system in one that essentially runs in reverse in order to bring heat into the home. These are incredibly efficient, and can replace both your AC and furnace.