A long-standing question homeowners have—and one we get fairly frequently—is “when should I replace my air conditioner?”
It’s a really good question, and one that has a huge impact on your overall comfort and general home costs. Replacing at the right time can save you a lot of stress and money, while getting a replacement prematurely might not be worth the investment. Want to know when to replace your cooling system? Follow along with the pros at Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating.
When the Air Conditioner Gets Too Old
As a rough average you can expect anywhere from 10-20 years of service from any given cooling system. Some last longer than others, such as a heat pump outliving most systems, but it’s still a good range. Whether or not you actually hit the 15-20 year mark depends a whole lot on the use of the system and whether or not you’ve been keeping up with maintenance.
But at the same time, there’s no “deadline” for cooling systems. Generally, we recommend that homeowners start paying very close attention to their systems when they hit the decade mark. Losses in efficiency, constant breakdowns, and similar complications tend to become very common at this point, and that’s when replacing becomes the best option.
When You Need Repairs Consistently
Taking care of a single air conditioner repair is nothing to fret over. But when you start needing to pay for three, four repairs, and all within the span of a year or two, it becomes another story. Constant professional repairs can get costly in a hurry, so when you notice yourself getting gouged by a consistent need for service, it’s wise to talk to your HVAC contractor about the potential benefits of a replacement.
And When Repairs Are Too Expensive
There are also some certain “worst case” repair issues that just tend to cost a considerable amount of money. Replacing the compressor in an air conditioner often exceeds half of the cost of a new system by itself, and in these scenarios you stand to get more overall benefits and comfort by simply going for a whole new system.
When Your AC’s Energy-Efficiency is Terrible
Energy costs have always been a burden for homeowners, and it seems like every year they rise and rise. That makes the efficiency of your HVAC systems—which on average account for nearly 50% of your energy use—vital.
Do you feel like you’re paying too much on electricity, or have your cooling costs been skyrocketing in the past year or two? If so, it’s time to talk about replacing the unit. Modern cooling equipment has been refined and updated with a slew of efficiency boosting advances, helping you cut costs while optimizing comfort in your Ohio home.
Home Air Conditioner Replacement in Toledo & Bowling Green, Ohio
Think it might be time to replace your cooling system, or need the input of a trained and certified HVAC technician? Contact Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating online now! Our certified cooling specialists put your needs first, and we offer superior replacements and assessment services.