As the temperatures rise, you turn to your air conditioning to keep your home cool and comfortable. Turning on your home's central air to find out that it no longer works or has dramatically reduced efficiency can be a terrible feeling.
If you've had the same AC unit for a while, you may be looking for signs that indicate it is time to replace your air conditioner. It's best to be proactive and stay ahead of AC troubles before they come knocking at your door. However, it isn't always easy to tell when you should replace your air conditioning unit.
Learn more about how long air conditioning units last, signs that they need to be replaced, when you can repair and how to purchase an energy-efficient unit.
How long do central air conditioning units last?
Air conditioning units can last a long time. This is especially true if they’re well maintained, and any repairs that may need to be done are done quickly. However, the average lifespan of your air conditioning unit depends on several factors including:
How long an AC unit lasts can also depend heavily on the type of system you have. With this information in hand, you can make a more informed decision whether it is time to replace the unit in your home or if you can wait.
If your air conditioning unit is past this threshold, you may want to start looking for signs to repair or replace it.
Replacing your air conditioning unit is no small feat, and it can often cost thousands of dollars. However, if your air conditioning system isn't working correctly or efficiently it may be time to replace it. Here are some ways you can tell that it needs to be replaced.
If your central air conditioning unit is experiencing any of the issues we just discussed, it might be time to start shopping for a new one. That being said, purchasing a new AC unit might not be in the cards for everyone.
If you aren't able to completely replace your air conditioning unit at this time or your unit is within its lifespan, here are a few ways to maintain or repair your system for less.
For those who might not want to replace their AC unit just yet, the above tips might help return your old unit to its former glory. At the very least, these improvements might improve the efficiency of your AC unit, which could save you money on your electric bill.
If your air conditioning unit is showing signs of age and inefficiency, make sure to choose an ENERGY STAR system to replace it. The type of system you should purchase is entirely up to your situation. You need to factor in your budget, your home's current layout and long-term energy savings.
For more information on how to take control and save energy in your home, check out our top tips page and blog. To learn more about rebates on energy-efficient air conditioning units, visit your local electric cooperative's website for more information.