A central air conditioning system is a wonderful addition to your home. It will help keep you and your entire family cool no matter which room in your house you are sitting at the time. No more dealing with ceiling or floor fans to keep cool, or using window a/c units, which usually cools just one room. A central air unit is a great appliance, but it won't last forever, especially if you don't care for it properly. See below for signs that your a/c unit should be replaced.
The age of your unit is a sign that it may need to be replaced. The older a unit (over 12 years old), the older the older the parts will be, which may be harder to find when they need to be replaced, and could be costly. An older unit may break down more often, which means a lot of money for repairs and for the repair technicians that are called out to your home. All of that money can add up and it just makes more sense to replace the unit, rather than repairing it every other month.
Minor breakdowns may not be too costly, but major repairs such as a broken blower motor or a broken compressor can be costly. It may make more sense to replace the unit altogether than replace these costly parts. Also if you are making repairs often, it may be time to replace it.
An older unit is not quite as energy efficient as a newer unit will be. If your unit is over 12 years old, it could be costing you in your energy bills each month. Replacing the unit to something more energy efficient can actually save you money each month on your energy bills.
Size Of The Unit
The size of the unit also makes a difference. If the unit is too large or too small it could be working too hard and could potentially be causing breakdowns. The unit you have should be a proper fit for the size of your home. Talk to your HVAC contractor about the size of your unit if you aren't sure what size you should have. Replace it with a proper sized unit to prevent unnecessary breakdowns.
Your air conditioner is a wonderful convenience to have throughout those sweltering summer months. Take good care of your unit and replace it with a new one when necessary to stay cool year after year. Contact a service, like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning, for more help.