How Do You Know When You Need Air Conditioner Replacement?

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How many times has this happened to you? You get a spring air conditioner inspection, you change your filters on time (once a month, remember?), you perform all the required air conditioner maintenance steps and still your air conditioner breaks down in the middle of the summer. It happens to everyone when their air conditioners start getting up there in age, and eventually there comes a point when air conditioner repairs just won’t cut it anymore – you’re going to need full on air conditioner replacement. But how do you know when you hit that point?

When to Consider Air Conditioner Replacement vs. Repair

There are a number of warning signs that will pop up that will let you know when it’s time for air conditioner replacement.

Needing frequent air conditioner repairs – the most obvious sign is the need for constant air conditioner repairs – especially if those repairs get progressively more expensive. Let’s face it – if your air conditioner breaks down more than once in a summer, you can patch it up but it won’t be long before you need to replace it. If your need for air conditioner repair gets really bad, air conditioner replacement can actually save you some money by eliminating the need for costly repairs.

Temperature inconsistencies – another possible sign that you need air conditioner replacement is having severe temperature inconsistencies in your home. If you have rooms where the vents are releasing too much air, rooms that can’t stay cool or rooms that get humid and sticky, you probably have one of three problems. Either:

  • Your air conditioner is malfunctioning
  • You have poor insulation
  • You have issues with the duct work

An aging air conditioner – the most common reason why most people need air conditioner repair is also the simplest – their air conditioners are just old! Air conditioners are not designed to last for more than about 10 – 12 years. If your AC gets much older than that, you’ll probably need an air conditioner replacement sooner rather than later. A new system will require far fewer repairs and will run much more efficiently. In fact, replacing an aging and worn out air conditioner can actually have a number of benefits, including:

  • Increased energy efficiency, resulting in lower electric bills
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Reduced carbon emissions

How much money will air conditioner replacement save?

If you’re still on the fence about getting air conditioner replacement, think about this: how much time would it take before a new air conditioner pays for itself in terms of energy and repair cost savings? To figure this out, first determine the amount of energy you could save with a new air conditioner.

Assuming that your air conditioner was installed 10 years ago, it probably has an SEER of 7. Today, the minimum SEER is 13, meaning that almost no matter what, a new air conditioner will save you at least 50% on your air conditioning costs. If your air conditioner accounts for 30% of your monthly energy bills, air conditioner replacement will reduce your monthly energy bills by about 15%.

Next, figure out how much you pay every summer for air conditioner repair. Once you have these numbers, do the math to determine how much money a new air conditioner will save you every summer. Once you know that, figuring you how long it will take the new air conditioner to pay you back is a snap!

If you live in Maryland or Washington, DC and have an old air conditioner that needs frequent repairs or doesn’t cool your house properly, call Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing. We can come out and inspect your air conditioner and determine how much money you would save if you had air conditioner replacement.

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