Just like any machine, your AC system has a limited lifetime, which is about 10 to 12 years. Even though replacing your air conditioner unit may represent a significant cost, failing to act will end up costing you much more over a longer period of time. The biggest expense you’ll face are the frequent breakdowns, which can be both frustrating and costly. Even minor repairs will add up over time and having to go without cool air can make the summer months miserable and long.
As you delay your need to replace the AC unit, you’ll experience more frequent breakdowns. Over time, you may end up replacing the system piece by piece, which is far more expensive that replacing it all at once. The cost of a new unit may be hard to take in terms of the upfront cost, but, once it has been installed, you can say goodbye to your frequent service calls. If something does happen with your new unit, you’ll have a manufacturer’s warranty to help you cover the costs of the repairs.
Conserve Energy and Save Money
As your system reaches the 10-year mark, you may notice that it’s not cooling as effectively, yet it seems to be running more frequently. This is a sign that the system is starting to fail, but it’s also an indication that your AC unit is using more energy than it should. When you replace the air conditioner with a new one, it will run better and, if you buy a unit with the Energy Star logo, you’ll be assured that it will consume less energy. This means you’ll see a significant drop in your monthly electric bills.
Additionally, many newer air conditioners come with smart technology built into the operating systems, allowing you to maintain more precise control over the operation of the unit. You may be able to control the system through a mobile app, apply pre-programmed settings, or control which areas of the home are cooled. It will depend on the type of air conditioning unit you choose, but even a less sophisticated system will still be more energy efficient than your 10-year-old model.
If you want to have your current air conditioner evaluated or serviced, contact us at 408-295-2182. We can service your current model to keep it operating in peak condition, or recommend a new model to fit your budget and needs. Our technicians will help you keep your home cool throughout the hot summer months.