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When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

Are you on an exploratory internet search looking for information on if you should replace your current air conditioning unit?

Well if you are, then you’ve stumbled into the right place!

Knowing when to replace your air conditioner is important because it will save you time, money, energy, and one long, drawn-out headache. Luckily, there are a few warning signs that will let you know when the time is right.

You should replace your air conditioner when...

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1) Energy Bills Are Higher Than Ever Before

During the summer months, California warms up to the point where it’s ridiculously hot. So hot where you need to be running the air conditioning 24/7 in order to stay comfortable. This will obviously cause your energy bills to rise during this time of the year.

However, for those with a faulty or older AC unit, your energy bills will be even higher than you ever expected. This is because when an AC unit is forced to work while it has a faulty part or is too old to continue, it will require more energy to cool your home to the desired temperature on your thermostat.

So when the bills start going up, up, and away — a replacement might be in your near future.

2) The House is Warmer Than What the Thermostat Displays

When you set the thermostat to a specific temperature, you expect the air in your home to become that temperature.

When this doesn’t happen, you could have a few different problems on your hands:

  • Your thermostat is old, malfunctioning, or placed too close to heat-emitting appliances/equipment and is misreading the temperatures.
  • Your ductwork is filled with air leaks that are causing warm air to enter the ductwork.
  • There is a faulty or malfunctioning part(s) that need to be addressed or replaced.

Sometimes the thermostat is at fault and is telling your HVAC system to do the wrong things — and other times it’s the HVAC system not being able to keep up with the requests from the thermostat.

3) The Air Conditioning Won’t Turn On

The most obvious sign that you need a new air conditioner is when it doesn’t kick on at all. This will usually happen when the compressor burns out.

When the compressor doesn’t work properly, the rest of the unit will refuse to turn on. Therefore, the compressor should be replaced altogether.

However, if your system is on the last leg of its life, a new compressor could cost you more money than its worth. In the long run, it might be worth it to scrap the broken unit and replace it with a brand new, energy efficient AC unit.

4) Repair Costs Start Adding Up

How many times have you had your AC unit repaired in the last few years?

It’s been a few times, right?

As AC units get older and older, their parts start to break down and they’ll need to be fixed (or require replacements). Even though it’s usually less expensive to have your AC unit repaired, these repair costs can add up.

When you get to the point where you’ve had a few repairs that have cost you quite a bit of money in the last year or so — it might be time to replace the entire system. (The same theory goes for cars…)

Why keep dumping money into a broken HVAC system when you can invest into a new, energy efficient one?

5) It’s Reached the End of Its Useful Life

Is your AC system over a decade old?

If so, you’re well on your way to becoming a candidate for a replacement air conditioning unit. The average useful life for an AC unit is right around the 10-year mark.

After a decade has passed, repairs become more frequent, energy costs begin to rise, and the efficiency of the unit will decrease. Making the switch to a new, energy-efficient unit will fix all of your most recent air conditioning woes!

You don’t have to guess on when the right time to replace your AC unit is — it will gladly display you a few warning signs for you to look out for.

When you’re ready to learn more about replacing your current, inefficient AC unit, your friends at RR Electric, Heating & Air will be here for you!

We’ll help you figure out what the best option is for your home, and more importantly — your family!