Having to replace an AC system is never fun. What’s worse is when it needs to happen unexpectedly. Most homeowners dread having their AC unit go out during the warmest months of the year. What if I told you there was a way to know your HVAC unit was about to go out before it did? With this kind of knowledge, you could schedule and budget the replacement to best fit the needs of you and your family.
Getting in the Double Digits
One of the best ways to predict how much longer your system might have left is by looking at its age. The standard rule of thumb is that once your unit is 10 years old or older, it is in the best interest to start looking for replacements. If your unit was maintained well throughout its life with annual tune-ups, it is possible they can last as long as 15 years. Our advice is to start keeping a closer eye on it after its 10th birthday.
If you feel like you are constantly calling out an HVAC technician to do repairs on your unit, this is a sign that it might be time to replace it. If those repairs are continuously getting more and more expensive, you will likely save more money in the long run by going ahead and getting a new one.
Lack of Efficiency
If you have noticed that your energy bill has been rising over the months, this is likely a result of just having an old, inefficient system. As your system gets older, it has to work harder to both heat and cool your home. The less efficient your system is, the more money you are spending. Don’t wait until your unit dies – replace it and save money as soon as you can.