Heating and air conditioning units aren’t built to last a lifetime. While some HVAC units can function for years beyond their expected life cycle, most often, there comes a point where either costly repairs or other factors lead to the need to replace your HVAC system. Because this is an important and expensive purchase for your home, consider the following five questions to ask when deciding if it’s time to replace your heating and air conditioning unit.
1. What’s the Life Expectancy of your Air Conditioning Unit?
According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency Inc., the average life cycle for an air conditioning unit is between 12 and 15 years, and around 14 years for heat pumps. If your AC unit has begun to show signs of declining productivity and effectiveness and is around the average lifespan of a unit, it might be time to consider a replacement.
2. Has Your AC Unit Been Maintained?
Another contributing factor in the consideration of an AC replacement is the current state of the equipment and how well the air conditioning system has been maintained. Efficiency tune-ups are a great way to help extend the life of your HVAC system (read our blog here). In addition, keeping up on repairs, when needed, also helps maintain the efficiency of your system. If your AC unit hasn’t always gotten the attention it needs with repairs and tune-ups, you might find the need for its replacement sooner than the average lifespan.
3. Is Your Home Comfortable?
Comfort is a big factor in a homeowner’s decision when considering an AC replacement. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Am I comfortable in my home with my current AC system?
- Is my AC system meeting my cooling needs?
- Are all the rooms in my home able to maintain comfortable temperatures?
If you answer “no” to any of the questions above, an AC replacement might be something to consider for improving the comfort of your home.
4. Are You Experiencing Expensive Repair Costs?
While air conditioning systems can need repairs at any age, your air conditioning unit requiring more frequent or significant repairs could be a sign that an AC replacement may be the best decision. For example, if your AC unit has a defective compressor or a leak in the indoor or outdoor coil, it could be a better financial decision to replace your AC system than to pay for the costly repair, especially if your unit is nearing the end of its projected life cycle.
5. Is the System Still Under Warranty?
If your unit is under warranty and a problem arises with your air conditioning system, a repair or warranty claim might be the better option for your system and home. Keep in mind, for many HVAC manufacturers, warranties are only valid if the homeowner who purchased the unit is still the owner of the unit. If your unit is no longer under warranty and you’re having issues with your system or its effectiveness, you might want to consider a replacement.
If your answers to the above questions lead you to find that you might need an air conditioning replacement, BGE HOME is here to help. Schedule a free in-home estimate and one of our Energy and Comfort Consultants can guide you through the process of finding the right AC system for you and your home.