There are a couple of tell-tale signs you should look out for when it comes to knowing whether or not it is time to replace your AC unit. While AC units can last for many years, it is generally a good idea to look into replacing yours if you’ve had it for 15 years or more, as it will begin to deteriorate and need more and more repairs over time.
Another sign to look out for is if you notice your house never truly getting as cold as it once would—this could be telling that your AC unit isn’t producing the same level of cold air it once was, or that the airflow isn’t as strong as it previously was. Also, you may start to notice moisture or leakage around your
AC unit that could be a sign of a serious issue, and is likely telling that your unit needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Additionally, look out for any strange noises coming from your AC unit such as rattling or banging, as these could be signs of a belt slipping out of place and be a sign that your unit needs to be replaced.
How To Choose A Brand New AC Unit
Once you make the call that your old AC unit needs a replacement, now comes the decision of picking out a new one—and how you will go about doing so. To pick out the best quality, most effective, and most cost-effective AC unit, it is wise to seek out a professional AC technician to help you with your decision.
The different models, brands, types, and costs of air conditioner units may become confusing and overwhelming for those of us who do not know much about this line of work, which is where professional AC technicians can help immensely. A professional AC technician can lay out your choices in easy to understand verbiage, while also alerting you of the pros and cons of each separate unit, including factors such as price and installation.
Whereas, if you were to pick your AC unit out on your own, you may end up with a unit that ends up not being very good or effective—causing you to have to spend more money to replace it.
Is Repairing Your Air Conditioner An Option?
Fully replacing your AC unit may not always be necessary—sometimes, it can be more cost-effective and wise to just repair your current unit. Since replacing the unit fully can be pricey, it is recommended to first ensure that your unit would not benefit from a simple repair. If your AC unit is less than 10 years old and hasn’t already had too much money poured into previous repairs, it would likely be a perfect candidate for an air conditioner coil repair, rather than a full replacement. However, if you find yourself having to repair your AC unit continuously year after year, replacing it once and for all can end up saving you money in the long run.