When investing in an AC unit, you can expect it to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. But if your unit is getting older, you may be wondering how to tell when it’s the right time to replace it. While it may be tempting to continue to repair an old unit because it costs less at one time than a new one, you’d likely cost yourself a lot more money in the long run. Take a look at our AC Upgrade Checklist that can help you determine if you’re ready for an upgrade.
#1 Your Unit is More Than 10 Years Old
Like we mentioned above, you can expect your AC unit to last you anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, as it starts to get older, you may see a decline in efficiency. If your unit is more than 10 years old, we suggest shopping around for your next one, so you’re prepared if it does fail. Fortunately, as advancements in HVAC technology have improved, you can rest assured that an upgraded unit will last you for many years.
#2 Your Unit is Making Weird Noises
If you’ve begun to hear loud or strange noises coming from your air conditioner, that’s an indication that something is malfunctioning. Take into consideration the cost of the repair versus the savings of a more efficient, upgraded unit. If you think you’ll need a new AC, Trane’s quietest XV18 TruComfort™ Variable Speed Air Conditioner works efficiently with minimal sound.
#3 Your Energy Bills Have Gone Up
One of the most common indicators that it’s time for a new air conditioning unit is a spike in energy costs. As your unit ages, it takes more energy to keep your home cool and comfortable, which means you end up spending more money. If you’re done paying too much on your energy bills, a high efficiency unit, such as the XV20i TruComfort Variable Speed Air Conditioner by Trane, operates at up to 22 SEER, meaning it’ll keep you and your family comfortable while maintaining low energy costs.
#4 Your Home Comfort is Inconsistent
Does the temperature of your home vary depending on which room you’re in? While this alone may not be a reason to replace your old unit, coupled with increased energy costs or the old age of your AC, it may be time to consider something new.
At Long AC, our team of expert technicians are well-versed in air conditioning upgrades. If you checked off two or more items on this list and think it’s time for a new AC unit, contact us today and we will help you make the right choice for you and your home comfort needs. Visit longac.com or call (936) 756-5645.