How to Tell When AC Replacement Is a Good Idea

January 8, 2024
AC Install in Conroe, TX

Replacing your air conditioner is, understandably, something you want to put off for as long as possible. The time will come, though, when replacement becomes the wise and cost-effective thing to do. Below are some ways to tell if you should consider taking this step.

An Old Air Conditioner

Although age alone should not sway you, it’s the first factor. After all, even a major repair for a relatively new system can be preferable to complete replacement though there’s sometimes no telling just how much a repair can add to its lifespan.

The point is to consider how long your type of AC lasts. With ducted heat pumps, it’s generally 10 to 15 years, assuming that you get regular, professional maintenance and don’t run it excessively. With the ductless kind, it can be up to 30 years.

Inefficient Performance

Next, think about how the system has been performing recently. Have you had extensive repairs done on it already, and have these failed to improve the performance? You may have noticed that the system still cycles irregularly, blows out lukewarm air, and leaves you with an unusually high monthly utility bill. In that case, replacement will save you money in the long run.

Current Repair Needs

Let’s say that you have a technician come over to pinpoint why your AC is still running inefficiently. If the AC requires the replacement of an expensive part, such as the motor or one of the coils, weigh that with the system’s current age. If the AC acts up because it happens to be too large or too small for your home’s size, note that only a system replacement will solve this.

The NATE-certified technicians at My Guys Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can come to your home in Conroe, TX to inspect your system and give you an honest recommendation for either repairs or replacement. We also perform HVAC tune-ups, repair plumbing fixtures, and install water heaters. To schedule a convenient appointment, call our friendly office staff today.

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