Air Conditioner Replacement: Know When It’s Time

Air Conditioner Replacement: Know When It's TimeEvery part of your HVAC system has to be replaced at some point, and your air conditioner (A/C) unit is no different. There are many different signals that it’s time for an air conditioner replacement:

  • Is it getting old? Air conditioners are only designed to last for 12 to 15 years with good maintenance. If you haven’t had time to take care of your A/C or only infrequently have called in a professional, your system likely won’t even last that long. If you start having issues with an A/C that’s nearing this age, it might be time to replace it.

  • Poor reliability. An A/C is critical to your home’s comfort during South Florida’s lengthy and intense cooling season. If it’s repeatedly breaking down, replacing it might be a good idea. Consider the cost and stress of the breakdowns when weighing the financial cost of a replacement.

  • Poor performance. The difference between a new A/C that works perfectly and has the latest technology and a unit that can’t keep up with cooling demands in your home is huge. The new generation of high-efficiency air conditioners leaves the old models in the dust when it comes to efficiency and performance.

  • Is it deteriorating? Have a look at your outdoor condenser/compressor. Signs of rust and deterioration can indicate much larger problems to come. If your unit is in poor condition, consider replacing it before something goes wrong.

  • Energy usage trends. There is a lot of useful information in your energy bills. Look at your past bills and see if your A/C has started using more energy in recent years, as this often happens as they age. Calculate the savings of a new high-efficiency A/C and compare it to the increasing energy costs of your current unit. A new air conditioning system should pay for itself in lower operating costs in several years, when compared to your old A/C.

If you need help deciding whether it’s time for an air conditioner replacement for your Palm Beach County home, contact NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about replacing your air conditioner and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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