When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
If you have noticed this past summer that your air conditioner has not been running as well as it did previously, or it's been harder to keep your home cool, you may wonder whether or not it needs to be replaced. If you're considering AC replacement, here are the answers to four frequently asked questions to help you make the right decision.
What Are Some Signs My Air Conditioner Needs to Be Replaced?
Your air conditioner will most likely need to be replaced if it is exhibiting any of the following signs:
If your air conditioner has been in need of frequent repairs, it may be time to bite the bullet and get it replaced.
How Long Do Air Conditioners Normally Last?
Most air conditioning units last between 10 and 15 years. Of course this number varies depending on how often you use your air conditioning and how well it's been maintained through the years.
However, if your air conditioner isn't working as well as it once used to, and it's over 10 years old, it might be time to get it replaced.
How Much Does AC Replacement Cost?
The cost you'll pay for AC replacement depends on what type of unit you're getting. In most instances, central air conditioning can cost anywhere from $500 to $4,000. This cost is dependent on a few factors including what kind of unit you choose, the installation rates, and whether or not anything else, like ductwork, needs to be installed.
If you don't want central air, you can opt to get a window air conditioner which costs between $150 and $300.
Will AC Replacement Help Me Save Money?
One of the best reasons to replace your air conditioner is that it might actually help you save money. By replacing your air conditioner, if will run more efficiently, which means you could save as much as $200 a year on your utility bill.
Other ways to save money when it comes to replacing your air conditioning include:
If you opt for central air conditioning, you can get a programmable thermostat installed, which can also help to save money.