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´╗┐When Should You Change Air Conditioners?


When should you move from your current air conditioner to a newer model? Is there a right time to make the switch? With more people concerned about their levels of energy consumption and the expenses associated with air conditioner use, these questions are receiving more attention than ever before.

There are several circumstances that warrant the replacement of an air conditioner with a new unit. The most obvious is when a unit ceases to function and a qualified technician deems it irreparable. Of course, it does not require an HVAC expert to recognize that state of affairs! Other circumstances are a bit more subtle.

For instance, there are times when a unit could be repaired that still justify making a switch. This is the case when the repair would allow the AC to work, but at a greatly reduced level of efficiency. In these cases, it makes more sense to replace the existing unit than to allow it to limp along for another summer or two. There's no reason to maintain a system that is operating at a high level of inefficiency.

In some cases, it is a good idea to buy a new unit when your current AC is still functioning. Those who have air conditioners ill suited to the size requirements of their homes, for instance, may be better off starting anew than with maintaining the status quo. Those who made poor purchases of inefficient systems might learn that an immediate switch could pay for itself in a relatively short period of time. Those who are considering replacing their heating system may opt for a heat pump configuration that could render their existing AC obsolete.

This is also true when one has an older system that is still functioning. Little by little, air conditioners experience inefficiency increases. It is an unavoidable consequence of wear, tear and system aging. Experts recommend considering the replacement of any system older than ten years because of this. The AC may be capable of lasting longer, but its energy consumption due to inefficiency will be so heightened that replacement will offer a better bargain to the homeowner.

Those are just a few of the situations in which it may make sense to replace your existing air conditioner with a new model. Your goal is to keep your home comfortable while keeping operation costs as low as you can. That means considering both the costs of repair and those associated with operating an inefficient system.

One thing is certain, there is no reason to wait until a hot August afternoon to find that you absolutely need a new AC because your existing one no longer works. It makes more sense to evaluate your unit annually and to make a switch before significant problems arise.