The typical air conditioning unit is built to last around 12-15 years. Of course, that’s a rough estimate – yours could be going on 20 years old and still functioning relatively well, or starting to peter out at 10. The size, installation, and use of your system drastically impacts its lifespan.Wondering if your AC unit is nearing the end of its lifecycle? Here are three signs you need to start considering replacing your air conditioner.
If your AC is leaking refrigerant, you’ll need a replacement sooner rather than later. It’s smart to have a professional HVAC technician confirm whether your system is leaking coolant, condensation, or something else; while they’re there, ask about current deals and specials on a new AC unit. It’s certainly possible to continue adding refrigerant to your air conditioner every few months, but this is a short-term fix. Over time, you’ll have to refill the system more frequently, and the cost of refrigerant alone can add up very quickly. Replacing your air conditioner with a new unit is the most cost-effective way to solve this issue.
Every air conditioner should be serviced from time to time to stay in tip-top shape. In fact, a scheduled AC maintenance plan can help your system last longer and work more efficiently in the long run. If you find yourself dealing with costly repairs at every maintenance visit, though, it could be a sign your AC is on its last legs. Once your appliance starts to break down, replacing parts and servicing its systems will only buy you time. Start considering the cost-savings of installing a new unit altogether.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with having an old HVAC system, but if your AC is over ten years old it’s likely already working far less efficiently than it did when it was first installed. Older AC systems aren’t built as energy efficiently as today’s models, and if you’ve made any significant changes to the size or use of your home since your AC went in? You could be stressing your system. Tell-tale signs of a worn out air conditioner include constant on-and-off cycling, inefficient cooling, or trouble reaching the set temperature on the thermostat. Call in a professional to take stock of the situation.
MTB Mechanical can help you determine if it’s time to install a totally new air conditioner in your home. A new AC is an investment, but one that pays dividends over time. Contact your friendly local HVAC technicians today at 704.321.9250 to get started.
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